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Jesus Joy

But now I come to You and these things I speak in the world that they may have My joy made full in themselves.  John 17:13 NASB

Photo courtesy of morguefile and holyh2o. It happened a zillion years ago on a sunny day. Five friends and I took our umbrellas, opened them, and held them over our heads as we walked a busy street in Chicago. Like a troop of solemn soldiers, we marched straight ahead, single file. No talking. No laughing.

At every street corner we stopped, swung our umbrellas to the side, and as a group, stared upward. We bit our lips to stay sober as people passed by and stared. Someone smirked. Another person giggled. The dam burst and our laughter poured like a flood onto the street. We doubled over, held our stomachs, and gasped with our silly, ill-gotten mirth.

Perhaps we, like some of today’s youth—those with tattoos, purple and orange spiked hair, and numerous body piercings—were stating, “Hey, look at us. We’re special whether you know it or not.” The fun of the moment made our day. I blush to think how stupid we were.

Yes stupid because I’ve found another kind of happiness as I’ve grown older and wiser. It’s called Jesus Joy. These days I don’t have to act silly, color my hair in shocking colors, or wear a diamond in my tongue to attract attention. I already have Jesus’ full attention. He knows me and tells me I am special. He loves me and He loves you too. What better joy can we find?

God sent His Son to earth as a child . . a man. How could I not be joyful? Because of this sweet gift of love, I am blessed to be saved . . . to know the kind of happiness that lies ahead.

The “fun” we had as youths cannot compare to the full measure of the Christmas joy we receive when we take the presence of Jesus into our lives. I’m so glad I said, “Yes, Jesus. I believe you. I want to be part of your family. I want Jesus Joy in my life.”

Accept the Christmas gift sent from God. Enjoy the Jesus Joy.

(Photo courtesy of morguefile and holyh2o.)

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Elizabeth Van Liere

Elizabeth Van Liere’s articles, stories, and poems have been published in various magazines for over sixty years. At age 87, her first book, Dare to Live, became available. Written for those “over the hill, but not under it,” the book dwells on the frustrations for those on the other side of 60. Because Elizabeth believes God has given her a gift of laughter, she shares insights in her latest book, Dare to Laugh, devotions for those “full of years.” From small, nagging irritations to tears-in-your-heart trials, she turns the focus on problems to God’s plan for our lives. At age 91, she passes on a glimpse of why we Dare to Laugh. (goo.gl/HjKzwy)


  1. Thanks, Elizabeth, for sharing your memory and His truth.