Wednesday’s Word With Pastor Jake – November 10, 2021

Wednesday’s Word With Pastor Jake – November 10, 2021

“What Brings You Joy?”
November 10, 2021

The other day, I was talking to someone about my love of Christmas music. In fact, I said that I typically start my Christmas music on Nov. 1 each year. “Wait just a minute,” the person responded. “You have to give Thanksgiving its respect before you go into Christmas,” they said
jokingly. I basically responded by saying Christmas music brings me joy and I like to listen to it even before Thanksgiving. In fact, I have soft Christmas music playing in the background in the church office and it’s so nice to hear it once again. This is just something small but it brings me great joy. I don’t know if it is something that ignites nostalgia from within, or if it is just a reminder of what is to come in the season of advent that will be upon us very soon. Either way, my Christmas music is on and, even on days that bring great stress or frustration, it seems to help.

Ultimately, my hope and joy come from the resurrected Christ! However, I love the “little things” in my day-to-day life that can put a smile on my face. Maybe it’s Christmas music. Maybe it’s my 4-year-old telling me she loves me. Maybe it’s a nice cup of coffee while I’m
driving down the road. What is it that brings you joy? What do you rejoice in? We can rejoice in the “little things” that happen in our lives each day, but we can also rejoice in the Lord!

Ultimately, God gives us many reasons to rejoice. Whether it’s because God created us, or God loves us, or God desires a relationship with us, or because God gives us grace. We have much to rejoice in on this day.  Philippians 4:4 tells us, “ Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.”

May we go and do just that!
Jake

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