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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Signifying Joy

What kinds of things do people today “boast” or take pride in? What do you tend to boast about? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 1061).

Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets. (2 Samuel 6:14-15).

Have you ever thought of joy as a type of boasting?  When I think of Allan J Bury (my chaplain in undergraduate school) I think of his irrepressible joy.  His was a transformative boasting about life and its immeasurable blessings.  It was not puffed-up or simpleminded; just the opposite.  It was an informed joy that boasted in spirit of God’s love for him and everyone else.  Have you noticed that those in love (young or old) are full of joy (they can’t help it; they overflow with expansive fun)?  It’s time to exchange greed for generosity.  Let’s dance before the Lord today.

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