Friday, December 15, 2017

25 Days God Given Gifts ~ Day 15 ~ JOY

 You make known to me the path of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence. 
Psalm 16:11a

Joy to the World is such a robust hymn of praise, written in 1719 by Isaac Watts. The more voices singing, the better it sounds. The first hymn of our Christmas church service is always "Joy to the World".

Mr. Watts didn’t intend for Joy to the World to be a Christmas carol. He in fact wrote this song based on Psalm 98. The lyrics were later adapted to what is believed to be music from Handel’s Messiah.   This hymn is one of the most sung Christmas carols today.

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

This time of year it's easy to lose focus of what's important in all the demands and expectations we sometimes find ourselves in. Remember this easy acronym for JOY, a children's song titled "Jesus and Others and You" written by B. Metzger, 1951. 

J - Jesus
O- Others
Y - You

Jesus and others and you
What a wonderful way to spell joy
Jesus and others and you
in the life of each girl and each boy
"J" is for Jesus for He has first place,
"O" is for others you meet face to face,
"Y" is for you, in whatever you do,
Put your self third and spell JOY.

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  1. Abby, several years ago at the church I attended for 28 years, our Sunday School class was named "JOY" class and it stood for "Jesus Others You".
    Have a very Merry Christmas.

  2. I love how you describe the music...the more singers the better it sounds! There’s an analogy there somewhere.


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