What are you doing for Christmas? Advent 2

This is the 2nd Sunday of Advent

During Advent we think of various things about Jesus coming to earth as He did at His birth and as He will again in the future.

The thing I have already thought about in the previous post is the Hope we have because of Jesus but today I want to consider the

we have in Him.

The children in Sunday School are into their first story leading up to Christmas.  They are looking at "Reassured by an Angel" telling the story of the angel message to Mary, then the angel message to Joseph and the birth of Jesus.

So when I was doing the children's slot at the start of our service this morning I talked about Joy because the messages by the angel to Mary and Joseph resulted in great joy for them.

We sang two choruses about Joy.
One is an old one but it doesn't matter about whether things are old or new but whether they help to teach our children about the truths in the Bible.

The other is a Christmas one about Joy which is sung to the tune of "Jesus loves me this I know" 

Are you full of Joy as you think of Christmas?

Through the Advent reading plan I will be reading how

We have joy because we worship Jesus the King
We have joy because we know about Jesus
We have joy because we are led to Jesus
We have joy because Jesus has the victory over satan

I've included a very short video about Joy at Advent time for you.

Are you still enjoying the hope & joy of Advent or is it getting lost in the midst 
of all the practical things?

I am thankful for the Hope and the Joy that we are reminded of during this Advent time.

Are you making time to remember the Joy of this Christmas time in the midst
 of the busy days?

This past week I have been writing our Christmas cards for the UK and the rest of Europe.

This is not too big an amount of cards as a lot of our friends within Europe will be getting eCards from us.

Christmas Card 2013

Christmas Letter 2013

eCard 2013

I also wrote the cards for my little group of university mates because we were getting together this week for a meal and catch-up chat.  It's been a year since we met up like this but before that it was over 7 years since we all met together because Fred & I had been living in Belgium.

Isn't it lovely that we can have friends that even though we don't see them often we can still fall easily into conversation again.  it was great to catch up last year and will be good this year again.


  1. Christmas is such a beautiful time. Its impossible not to hold joy in heart

  2. Anonymous21:34

    I just can't think of Christmas until after Halloween.

  3. Joy.

    Something I try and find every single day.

    Thanks for the sweet reminder!

    And thanks for linking to the letter J.


  4. I'm thankful that we have the ability to grab joy at any time. It's readily available to us in Christ, but we often have to remember to take hold of the joy God has given.