My wedding was the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 1995. While I chose the music to be sung by two of my friends, Leanne suggested that since our wedding day is exactly a month away from Christmas that we exit the congregation to Joy to the World. Rather than greet everyone in the back, once Joy to the World concluded, Leanne and I walked to the front to dismiss each row, catching up with everyone in attendance.
And now I am coming to You; I say these things while I am still in the world, so that My joy may be made full and complete and perfect in them [that they may experience My delight fulfilled in them, that My enjoyment may be perfected in their own souls, that they may have My gladness within them, filling their hearts], John 17:13.
Today’s featured song reminds me of a modern-day version of Acapella. Pentatonix provides their own spin on Joy to the World using a popish / acapella style. As Christmas approaches, may you block out all the commercialism as you’re bombarded by advertisements on what to buy your loved one. Joy can’t be bought. Rather, joy is found in living the abundant life that Jesus promised in John 10:10. May you find joy this Christmas.
by Jay Mankus