The Every-Season “Christmas Carol”

  “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14); “Out of his fullness we have all received grace upon grace (John 1:16).

Lord Jesus, it wasn’t the “Advent Police” who relegated Isaac Watt’s great hymn to the only-sing-at-Christmas list. But whenever and however “Joy to the World” got the label “Christmas Carol,” we should ignore the label and love it, sing it, meditate upon it, linger in it, and live it year-round.

You have come and you are coming again, and life between your comings should look, smell, and feel exactly like this:


  1. “Joy to the world! the Lord is come; let earth receive her King. Let every heart prepare him room, and heaven and nature sing…” Jesus, we love the “is-ness” of your coming. You are here in reality, if not in fullness. Both our hearts and the earth are the domain of your reign of grace and truth.
  2. “Joy to the world! the Savior reigns; let men their songs employ; while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains repeat the sounding joy…” One Day the entire earth will be filled with your presence and glory. Our joy will be greater then, but no more certain than it is right now. How can we keep from singing?
  3. “No longer let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground. He comes to make His blessings flow far as the curse is found…” O for the Day of sinless, sorrow-free everyone and everything! But until then, you are “flowing” your blessings everywhere sin did its worse. Thank you for perpetually giving us “grace upon grace” until the Day of “all things new.”
  4. “He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove the glories of His righteousness, and wonders of His love…” Hallelujah Jesus, you are already King of kings and Lord of lords. By the “wonders of your love” we have been clothed in the “glories of your righteousness”—making us your beloved Bride, and the nations your eternal inheritance. Hallelujah, and so very Amen!