The Fourth Week of Advent - Joy


The birth of Jesus must have brought Mary and Joseph indescribable happiness. Their joy was all the sweeter for the hardships they had
endured on their trek to Bethlehem. 

When I am going through a hard time, I remember that joy awaits me on the other side.

Joy is the essence of Spirit energy in me. It may be subdued at times, but it is always there. Ultimately, it cannot be suppressed or denied. As I open my
heart to God, joy bursts out, and gratitude flows in. I remember that no matter how dark the night may be, “joy comes in the

“I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.” —John 15:11