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Friday, December 21, 2012

Joy to the World

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Joy to the world
The Lord is come
Let Egypt receive her king
Let Vietnam prepare him room
And Indonesia sing
And the US and Pakistan sing
Let Bangladesh and China sing.

Joy to Japan
The Savior reigns
Let Germans their songs employ
While India, the Philippines
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

He rules Brazil with truth and grace
And makes Nigeria prove
The glories of his righteousness
And wonders of his love
And wonders of his love
And wonders, wonders of his love.

I wrote this so that next time you sing "Joy to the World" or any other Christmas song that mentions "the nations", you'll remember that it REALLY MEANS joy to the world.

Jesus came for people of every nation, every race, every language. (My apologies to the 40% of people who are totally loved by God but whose countries I couldn't fit into the song.) And yes, I know a lot of cultures don't celebrate Christmas. That doesn't matter- I still pray that they'd have the peace, joy, and freedom that Jesus gives.

Joy to Asia. Joy to Europe. Joy to North and South America. Joy to Africa. Joy to Australia. Joy to Antarctica. Joy to the International Space Station.

Jesus is here. Joy to the world.

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