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our family was asked to light an advent candle at church this past sunday.  the third week is the candle of JOY.

luke 2:10-11 

and the angel said to them, “fear not, for behold, i bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  for unto you is born this day in the city of david a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

joy is our awareness of God’s grace—it is grace recognized.  God exhibited His grace by this act of unexpected goodness, by extending his favor, by condescending and giving us His son.  Immanuel—God with us.

isaiah 7:14

therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.

luke 1:14

and you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.

our response to this great act of grace can be nothing less that utter joy.  Gloria in excelsis Deo

habakkuk 3:18

yet i will rejoice in the Lord, i will be joyful in God my Savior.