This past Sunday we lit the candle of joy. What is joy? Joy is expressed and understood in the Bible in different ways. The Bible says that when Elizabeth and Zechariah were going to have their son, John, he would be a joy (Luke 1: 14). When Mary went to see her cousin Elizabeth the baby leaped with joy. When we go through trials and painful situations we are to consider it as pure joy ( James 1: 2). This means that joy is not dependent on what is going on in our life. Whether we are going through a good time (like being engaged, or having a child, or graduating from school) or if we are going through a hard time (like the loss of a loved one, battling with worry, anxiety, or hurt in our lives, or being betrayed by someone we cared about) – God’s Word says we can have joy. Choose today to remind yourself that no matter what you are going through – good or bad – you can have joy. This is because when we have Jesus in our hearts, He fills the broken, barren, and bruised places and fills us with joy. This Christmas may the love of Jesus Christ fill your hearts with joy, no matter what you are going through. Psalm 30: 11 says “you turned my wailing into dancing and you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy”. God has the ability to take any situation and turn it into joy.