Galatians 5:22 – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, JOY…”

Henry Van Dyke wrote this song while being a guest preacher at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. As he sat and admired the handiwork of God in the Berkshire mountains, he was moved to write, “Joyful, joyful we adore Thee.” As he approached the president of the college the next morning, it is said that he handed the lyrics to the man and told him, “There is enough gloom and drear, it’s time we joyfully adore the Lord.”

Though this song was not written with the intention of Christmas in mind, we should joyfully adore the Savior this holiday season. There are many things around this time of year that will distract you from the true reason we celebrate, and this is why we should keep the praise and adoration of the Lord in the forefront of our minds. Adoration is having a deep love and respect for something or someone. We should have a deep love and respect for Christ this Christmas season for him being born to be the greatest sacrifice that has ever been. Let us take our minds off of ourselves this Christmas, and place it on our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,
God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flow’rs before Thee,
Op’ning to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
Drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness,
Fill us with the light of day!

Mortals, join the happy chorus,
Which the morning stars began;
Father love is reigning o’er us,
Brother love binds man to man.
Ever singing, march we onward,
Victors in the midst of strife,
Joyful music leads us Sunward
In the triumph song of life.