Joy To The World

Well, it’s almost time to ring in 2014, so I thought I’d end this blog year with a song all about Hope for the future:

That video played at church right before our pastor shared a message about the meaning behind Joy To The World this past Sunday. Did you know it’s a song about the return of Christ? “Joy to the World, the Lord is come! Let Earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room, and Heaven and nature sing“.

Intrigued, I spent some time getting to know 1 Thessalonians for the first time last night. Wow. Mind Marrow. Blown. Chapter 5, verses 1-28 filled every fiber in me.

So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doingEncourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone…Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances…Hold on to what is good.

That’s just a small sampling of what I read.

I soaked the whole thing up a few more times and then texted a friend who lives just like it was written. His (gracious) response led me to Hebrews 4:12, and into one of the most meaningful conversations I’ve ever had with my husband. No joke. I’ll never forget it. I sat on the coffee table, facing Kevin on the couch, and we connected in a way that you wouldn’t think possible after almost 11 years-worth of conversations. It was…hmmm…what’s the right word? Enlightening? Emotional? Exciting? Hopeful? Heavy? Heavenly?

All of the above, I guess. :-)

It’s just that when I think about loving and being loved in that way, like Chapter 5, I mean……whew. It just grabs me. I’m struggling to nutshell it right now, but I think it made such an impact because it reminded me of how deeply we are able to care for each other’s soulsand how deeply other’s have, and are, caring for mine. Ya know what I mean? I’m probably doing a terrible job of putting my feelings into words but it sure seems like how I respond to what I read last night could have the everlasting ability to strengthen my character and the quality of my existence- and I could always use a little a lot more help with that. I hope that makes sense. Anywho, these are just some thoughts that I wanted to jot down while they were fresh. Here’s to significant and wide-sweeping strokes of grace and encouragement in 2014, and beyond!

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