“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7)
In four verses so much instruction and exhortation that is very worthwhile to pay attention to. Rejoice! If things look gloomy and dark, rejoice that you are not alone!
Be gentle! Be kind! Be this way with everyone.
The Lord is near! That is reason enough to rejoice and to be caring with everyone you meet.
And don’t worry about anything. Bring everything to God in prayer, because remember, the Lord is near!
And when you pray to God, ask the Divine for what you truly need. Open your hearts to God, because already knows what is in your heart, so you are not hiding . . . or fooling the Lord.
Finally, the peace of God will be yours! If you have committed yourself to God, God will undertake for you whatever the circumstances. That too is reason enough to rejoice!
Advent is the season of rejoicing, and as well as all the other things we do during Advent. And we can even preparing for rejoicing, thinking about all the wonderful things the Lord has in store for us.
Advent is a busy season with preparing and anticipating. But do not, beloved reader, get so caught up in the tasks of Advent that you forget to rejoice! Selah!