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ADVENT: A JOYFUL TIME! “JOY IS THE FLAG YOU FLY WHEN CHRIST, THE PRINCE OF PEACE, IS IN RESIDENCE WITHIN YOUR HEART”

A lot of people confuse joy with pleasure; but there is a world of difference between them.
Unless you know the difference you have not yet begun to live.
People who have tasted real joy are suspicious of pleasure,
because pleasure sometimes can be the death of joy.
Joy consists in having a love affair with life.
It is having a heart full of concern for your companions on the road of life. It is looking for the happiness that comes in small ways,
realising that in the ordinariness of our lives we find the extraordinary.
It is making the most of the present, enjoying what is at hand right now.

Joy is love bubbling over into life; & surprisingly, it can coexist with pain.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice!”

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