4 Tips for a Joyful 2019
St George’s chaplain, Revd John Chapman, offers four simple encouragements as we go into 2019, inspired by the famous carol ‘Joy to the World’. Let’s take it verse by verse:
Joy to the world, the Lord is come.
Let Earth receive her king.
Let every heart prepare him room
and heaven and nature sing.
The words ‘the world’ and ‘every heart’ remind us that for there to be joy in the world, it starts by each one of us taking it upon ourselves to have joy in our own heart.
Joy to the Earth, the Saviour reigns.
Let men their songs employ,
while fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains,
repeat the sounding joy.
Because Jesus reigns as our Saviour, our lives should resonate with joy. Indeed, our faith should be a joyful, singing faith.
No more let sins and sorrows grow,
nor thorns infest the ground.
He comes to make his blessings flow
far as the curse is found.
Joy comes out of transformation. We face the present with realism, but also with great hope for the future.
He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousness,
and wonders of his love.
Truth and grace, righteousness and love: Christ is truth from above. Truth and righteousness without love is a cold and deadly thing. Grace and love without truth is empty and vapid. In Jesus, we have the embodiment of truth and grace, righteousness and love. It is no wonder, then, that at Christmastime we also sing, ‘O come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, come and behold him, come and adore him!’
May your New Year be a time of thankfulness and song. The Lord be with you and bless you in 2019!
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