This is the time of the year, when there are a number of Christmas songs that are being played. Songs such as, Tidings of Comfort and Joy, Joyful-Joyful, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas are being played, what do you think about after you have heard these songs? How do these songs makes you feel, after you have listened to them? Joyful, peaceful, happy, or does it remind you of memories when you felt warm, safe, and comforted? When you think about the word that describes the emotion joy, what or whom are you thinking about? Do you think about your family, friends, pets, or co-workers?
There are three definitions I relate to the most when I think about the meaning of the word joy. According to the Merriam Webster online dictionary, the word joy is defined firstly, as a feeling of great happiness. Secondly, it is the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or the prospect of possessing what one desires. And thirdly, it is a state of happiness or felicity. Other than Christmas songs, and hymnals there are books, poems, and works of art all created to help evoke feelings of joy in the person.
The word joy is written and expressed in great detail 155 times in the KJV of the Holy Bible. One of the biblical fruits of the spirit that each Christian is required to have, according to KJV of the bible can be found in Galatians 5:22, is joy. The word joy, is used throughout the entire bible, during times of victory, reward, celebration, and rejoicing, also during times of trials and tribulation, as well.
One of my favorite bible verses that offers me comfort and encouragement during difficult times in my life is in Psalm:126:5:KJV, They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
For me that bible verse, gives a large dose of empathy, comfort, encouragement and positivity, to the reader or to the hearer that hears it, in an only 9 word sentence. To me, that small sentence can be very powerful to a grieving, depressed, stressed-out, or over-whelmed soul that needs to hear something so simple in their time of need.
It seems to me the word joy, is not being used enough. By only being pulled out only on special occasions, times of the year or on holidays such as, Christmas or Easter.
By making a conscious effort, to have and experience more joy in your life will show all of the ones that you hold close and dear to you, how much you love, appreciate, and value them in your life. During and after, the holiday season. So the act of Keeping Your Hope Alive, will become so much easier to do.