Meditating on Joy: December 26

12_Devotions8_JNBy Becky Ahlberg

Saturday, December 26

Read 1 Peter 1:3-9.

We ended our thoughts yesterday with the first verse of today’s Scripture. The phrase “inexpressible and glorious joy” (v. 8) is the one that always jumps out at me. It’s the day after Christmas and these may not be your first thoughts! However, Christmas can bless us every year by allowing us to embrace anew the incarnation and the sheer joy of belonging to God—and it’s all because of his willingness to move first.

Emily E. S. Elliott captures it in her carol, “Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne”:

Thou didst leave Thy throne
And Thy kingly crown
When Thou camest to earth for me.
But in Bethlehem’s home
was there found no room
For Thy holy nativity:

O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
There is room in my heart for Thee.

Heaven’s arches rang
When the angels sang,
Proclaiming Thy royal degree;
But of lowly birth
Didst Thou come to earth,
And in great humility:

O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
There is room in my heart for Thee.

Old-fashioned words, perhaps, but filled with the wonder and awe of Christ’s coming, and a reminder that inexpressible and glorious joy can fill even the most humble and difficult circumstances—even yours—when you make room for Christ.

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