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Joy in 2020?

by Ági Székely, Entrust, Hungary

“Joy to the world, the Lord is  come!” So starts a well-known Christmas song. We hear it many times, on the radio, on our music mixes, everywhere. But do we say to one another,  “Joy to you?”

On one of the Sundays of Advent, we light the candle of joy. Joy is a powerful word.

Do we feel joy in this strange Advent of 2020? There is so much we cannot do. Most of our countries  have some sort of restrictions. Yesterday, I was talking to a dear  friend in Chile where they have had a strict lock-down since March this  year which will likely to continue until March 1, 2021. That is a long time without social interactions, which normally bring us joy.

However, real joy is not in our circumstances. For a Christian, joy is rooted in the Lord. We rejoice this Christmas knowing that our Savior Jesus has come and is to come  again.

I want to end with a Bible verse from Luke 2:10, where the angel is talking to the shepherds: “But the angel said to them: ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.’”

For further study and discussion

Throughout this year, what are some of the things which brought you joy?

As you think about Christmas  2020, how can you find joy in the midst of all the tasks of decorating,  shopping, cooking and baking?

In what ways can you identify with the command in Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always?”

How can we as Christians rejoice in the promises of the Lord?

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