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With my shop-for-joy trip a dismal failure, I headed for the exit as tinny mall Muzak whined Santa-songs over loud-speakers. Racing out the door, I almost ran over a tiny high-school choir caroling in the frosty air. There was poignancy in their presence, simplicity in their song. I, and a young mother holding a beautiful baby boy, were the only shoppers who had stopped to hear the plaintive solo of a young African-American teen singing “Sweet Little Jesus Boy.” His velvety voice floated on the air like soft-falling snow. The baby cooed gently. I listened to the entire song and, with moist eyes, hugged the singer, grateful for his gift of joy, the first I’d experienced all day.

More beautiful words from Lynn Morrissey on Kris’ blog. 

http://kriscamealy.com/presence-over-presents-the-only-way-we-can-be-truly-satisfied-in-the-waiting/

Psalm 27:13

I am still confident of this:  I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

I love this verse as it speaks to where we are now on earth.  We know Heaven and an eternity with Jesus awaits, but He has good things in store for us here as well.  We ought not to sulk about and be gloomy and simply wait to find joy when we cross over into glory.  He is just as much with us now on this journey in this earthly realm.  The next verse says, “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” (v. 14)  He has a plan for us here as well and wants us to enjoy Him through it.  It won’t always be joyful or feel good.  Many times, and for some, most of the time is difficult and just hard.  But He shows His own His goodness and gives His joy abundantly through the journey.  Don’t miss Him in the journey.  Keep your eyes and ears open for His goodness.  Ask Him to reveal all that He has for you in every moment.  Ask for more of Him.  He will not let you down!  “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”  Jeremiah 29:13

 

Psalm 21:6

Surely you have granted him eternal blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence.

Many days are filled with anything but joy in this world.  Our only source of joy that will never change is Father God, Savior Jesus, Holy Spirit!  His presence goes before us and along side us and has our back through everything and anything we walk through on this earth.  Take joy in Him, He does not change like shifting shadows! (James 1:17)

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