Advent = Joy

Photo by Janis Cox

Those who wept as they went out carrying the seed will come back singing for joy, as they bring in the harvest.

Psalm 126:6 (GNT)

Advent Week Three.

An abecedarian poem after reading scriptures.

So many scriptures have the word “joy” in them. I read that “joy” is found 155 times in KJV.

Therefore, joy must be important to God.

He created us to feel that emotion. He also blessed us with the Holy Spirit so we can feel joy even when we don’t feel happy. Weird, eh?

As I study three passages a day, I am learning so much about God, about myself and about my relationship with others. I also joined Kimberley Payne’s challenge on Facebook to read through the book of Luke this Advent Season.

I’ve been challenged by reading a chapter a day from the Bible. I wrote this abecedarian after reading Psalm 126: Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. (Psalms 126:2, NIV)  I also read Habakkuk 3:2–6, Philippians 3:12–16


Don’t return to old ways.

Encounter new things
Find hope, peace, joy and love.

God is always here.
Head down His pathway,
Interested in what He shows us.

Jesus beckons.
Keep believing.
Look beyond ourselves.

Make every effort to
Notice God at work.

Open our eyes, Lord.
Protect us.
Quieten our hearts before You, Lord.

Return to Your ways and Your path.

Silence the devil’s tongue.

Take up the armour of God.

Ultimate goal — to be with You.

Vacate places that encumber us.
Watch for snares of the devil.

eXamine our hearts with

©Janis Cox 2020

This is the third of four devotions for Advent.

First devotion: Advent = Hope

Second devotion: Advent = Peace

Fourth devotion: Advent = Love

Our thanks to Janis Cox for this devotion, one of many by various contributors posted by Haliburton Pastoral Charge. If you would like to submit a devotion for consideration, please email us.