I appear to have forgotten it was Sunday yesterday, so your Christmas song can come today.
Joy to the World is probably my favourite carol, and not just because of the romp that is it’s tune. It loudly proclaims that joy is a Good Thing, a Right Response to the wonder that God has come to us. I’m not often known for my joy, or my joy is often found in winter trees or barren landscapes. And yes, there is room for wintery joy. But there is also room for full on heart pelting wide open mouthed singing JOY. That’s why I love this one. Because sometimes I feel it and I’m not afraid to dance.
Joy to the world! The Lord is come:
let earth receive her King!
Let every heart prepare him room
and heaven and nature sing.
Joy to the earth! the Saviour reigns:
let all their songs employ
while fields and floods rocks hills and plains
repeat the sounding joy.
No more let sins and sorrows grow
nor thorns infest the ground:
he comes to make his blessings flow
far as the curse is found.
He rules the earth with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousnes
and wonders of his love
We walked back down the aisle to this version this time 7 years and 364 days ago. Joy was bursting from our silly grinning goony faces. I still feel this kind of heart bursting joy when I think of my beautiful husbandface and when I think of the One who gave him to me and who, slightly more importantly, busted the curse of this broken world once and for all.
Hit play and and do a little dance with me.