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Luke 2:1-20

3On the third week of Advent we light the pink candle along with the two previously lighted purple candles.  This candle has sometimes been known as the joy candle or the Mary candle.

          What great joy we experience at the birth of a new baby.  It doesn’t matter if it is our child or another’s.  We rejoice.  I imagine both Mary and Joseph were full of joy and marveled over this new little one.  Add to the normal parental response of a new baby the wonder at knowing that this child was to become the long awaited for Savior of the world and the immense wonder at being responsible for His well being until He was able to take over that role.

          In this scripture we also see the angels’ joy at announcing this birth to the shepherds.  After the shepherds got over their fear and understood the angels’ announcement, they were filled with joy at the prospect of seeing the fulfillment of the prophecies of old with their very eyes.  When they reached the manger scene their joy was so overflowing that they just had to spread the news, which reminds me of my son’s favorite song, “Go Tell It On the Mountain,” for this is what they did.

          This is the week to think on the joy of knowing our Lord and the joy of this life God has given us.  It is the week to be filled with gratitude for all of the people in our lives that we so dearly love and often forget to tell them.  Take some time out this week to ponder the joys of your life.  “…Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.  The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.”  (Luke 2:19-20)   Take a moment to thank God for all He has done and all He means to you.  Take joy in God’s provision for your salvation (Jesus).