Reaching out to Central New York in the name of Jesus Christ

A Word for Today

My favorite Scrooge actor was Reginald Owen in the 1938 movie because he so effectively played the transformation from miserable to joyful.

Rejoice in this Season

Psalms 100:1-2 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.                                                                                     

Are you full of joy? Is there gladness in your heart?  Are you singing joyful songs?  With a pandemic alive and well, shut downs potentially looming, restrictions all over, it can be difficult to be joyful.  And in line with the season you may just want to exhale a loud, “baaahhh humbug!”

With a quick search of my Bible tools, I could not find “bah humbug” in the Bible.  However, I found the Psalmist had a good idea on what we, as humans, needed.  A revival in our hearts.  In Psalm 85:6 it says, “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?”   The Psalmist says, “revive us again”.   Thus, noting the truth that, at times, we need to be revived, resuscitated by our LORD.  Revived so we may “rejoice in (Him)” again. 

Even Paul, in his letter to the Philippians commanded, “Rejoice in the Lord always; and I will say it again: rejoice!”  Oh, to be full of joy and gladness and singing; what peace that brings.  Yet, the reality is that on our own it is difficult to overcome the dark, depressed feelings the world around pushes on us.  

There is hope though. Isaiah said, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.”  Notice here, he didn’t say a light has come up from the world, rather noting the light coming from outside the world. That light is Jesus.  He, alone, has brought that light to save us. 

So look to the light, look to Jesus and be filled with peace and joy in these changing times.