Advent: Joy Candle

Threads

Have you ever had a loose thread protruding from a sweater, shirt, sock or pants? You know what’ll happen if you pull on it. You refrain from the urge to pull for as long as possible. However, the temptation ultimately  becomes too great. 

The act of pulling the thread results in a hole or something worse happening to your garment. The lesson learned is that the threads hold the garment together. So, what does that have to do with joy.

Joy is a life thread. It is the recognition that God is in control. It is the knowledge that Jesus provides us with a path to follow. Joy can keep us from falling apart when life gets difficult. However, joy is ultimately a choice.

“I tell you, in the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10 CSB

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The law is not against such things.” Galatians 5:22-23 CSB

“and you yourselves became imitators of us and of the Lord when, in spite of severe persecution, you welcomed the message with joy from the Holy Spirit.” 1 Thessalonians 1:6 CSB

“for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans 14:17 CSB

It will be very interesting one day to follow the pattern of our life as it is spread out like a beautiful tapestry. As long as we live here we see only the reverse side of the weaving, and very often the pattern, with its threads running wildly, doesn’t seem to make sense. Some day, however, we shall understand. In looking back over the years we can discover how a red thread goes through the pattern of our life: the Will of God. Maria von Trapp

Although the threads of my life have often seemed knotted, I know, by faith, that on the other side of the embroidery there is a crown. Corrie Ten Boom

Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation. Rick Warren

For King and Country: Joy