Episode 209: Joy is a Big Deal
December 21, 2021
When you think about joy, what comes to mind?
Join Tim and Sara for three reasons “Joy is a Big Deal” and experience stories that bring to life childhood wonder and ordinary moments filled with pure joy. Then, remember a familiar passage of scripture and experience the manger as a signpost to joy.
When you pause to read again (or listen again) to the scripture’s account of the witnesses to the birth of Christ. It was filled with all sorts of emotions.
Can you imagine being in the fields, tending to your sheep, and an angel showing up with a message for you?
Read the scripture again:
8 Nearby shepherds were living in the fields, guarding their sheep at night. 9 The Lord’s angel stood before them, the Lord’s glory shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 The angel said, “Don’t be afraid! Look! I bring good news to you—wonderful, joyous news for all people. 11 Your savior is born today in David’s city. He is Christ the Lord. 12 This is a sign for you: you will find a newborn baby wrapped snugly and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great assembly of the heavenly forces was with the angel praising God. They said, 14 “Glory to God in heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors.”
Sometimes the familiarity of the passage causes us to forget what might have been happening when the angels and shepherds heard the good news of God’s love being born that night.
As we explore this passage, you’ll experience stories from daily life to remind you what joy can look like. May the manger be a signpost to joy for you this week! Merry Christmas!
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Big Question for the Week
- Why is joy a big deal to you…especially this Advent? Let us know at connect@ transformingmission.org or use the hashtag #adventisabigdeal on social media.
- As a reminder, we invite you to submit your interest in writing a devotion for “Hope Throughout the Year”