* joy to the world …

Posted on December 6th, 2009 by melinda in my not so normal family


I have a tid bit of family information to share with you tonight.  As the majority of you already know … my mom’s name was Joy.  I’m not sure if it was because she was born 3 days before Christmas, my grandmommie was just hopeful or if it was a name my poppy happened to like.  I do know her middle name was not Belle much to the chagrin of my great grandmama, who’s first name was Hettie and middle name Belle.  She had a twin named Nettie.  That is not a lie.  I swear and I don’t normally swear.  I’m very glad that my grandmommie has good sense and did not name my mama Joy Belle.  It kept me from ever feeling obligated to have a Chrisi Belle or Anna Belle.  See, I am grateful for the small things. 

Unfortunately for you, there was absolutely no reason you needed to know any of that.  Oh well. 

This morning down at the Church House, the choir sang “Joy to the World”.  It was really pretty.  I like Christmas music.  And that particular song is one of my favorites.  Not only do I like the words, I also smile because it reminds me of my mama.    There was much speculation and conjecture on my mother’s behalf that “Joy to the World” was actually written for and about her.  Never mind that the lyrics were originally taken from a Psalm or that it was put to music nearly a hundred years prior to her birth … that was just nonsense.   They were just a tad ahead of her time. 

I think she liked that her name was Joy.  I think she liked trying to live up to it … it was a challenge, an encouragement.  She liked it enough that she and my dad chose it for my middle name.  Joy is Chrisi’s middle name.  It’s also my nieces name, Emma Joy. 

As I grow older and hopefully more wise, I understand more and more why she liked her name.  By definition Joy means: to fill with happiness, pleasure or satisfaction.  So if you think about it … to bring Joy or to be Joy to someone means you are making them happy, you are pleasing or satisfying.  Now, take it a step further and relate that to the song “Joy to the World” it would mean, to bring happiness, pleasure and satisfaction to our world.  And then, if you dig a bit deeper in to the original lyrics taken from the Psalms you would be bringing happiness, pleasure and satisfaction to the world by simply proclaiming the Joy of Christ birth in your life.  Not only at Christmas but every day.  It’s really very simple.  Are you a Joy in your world?  Do you bring happiness, pleasure or satisfaction to others?  Do you serve others even when you might not really want to?  If your heart has prepared Him room, I’m not sure there really is any other option than living a life of Joy.  And repeating that sounding Joy over and over.  I would imagine if we all lived with more true Joy we would experience the true wonders of His love multiplied over and over again. 

As you prepare for this Christmas season, it is my hope and prayer that you will take the time to really consider if you are a Joy to this world.  I want to be a Joy, not only in name but in reality.   Think about it.


2 Comments on “* joy to the world …”

  1. Erin

    Thank you for reminding us all to bring ” JOY” to ourselves and others during this hectic time. It is soooo east to become overwhelmed during the hustle and bustle of the season. That reminder is just what I needed to hear today. THANK YOU!!!!

  2. Amy Marlowe

    Oh my goodness!! I got to read your blog again – finally! And it was definitely meant to be, cause this one really hit home! I have been stressing out so much about all I need to do (I am making lists of all the lists I need to make – how crazy is that?!) that I can’t even get excited about Christmas or Disney. But YOU and all your JOYs have inspired me – I’m going to try to relax, slow down, and smell the Christmas cookies baking! (that is somewhere on my list . . . ) I want to be a Joy! Thank you – and I love you – and hope you and your family have a Joyous Christmas season!!! :) :) :)

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