Daily Dose, Dec. 29

“I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart. WHERE? Down in my heart! WHERE?” Down in my heart. I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart to stay!” Do you remember singing that when you were younger? It is a fun song to sing and I double-dog dare you to sing it and not begin to smile and tap your toe, as you start to feel “JOY” grow inside. Remember the next part? “And I’m so happy, so very happy. I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart down in my heart and I’m so happy, so very happy. I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart.” The words of this child’s song are truly profound, filled with hope and promise of what a life of faith offers. JOY! Joy in knowing that you are truly and deeply loved and that the love of Jesus abides deep within you. Nothing and no one can ever take that love from you. No matter how you feel on a particular day, you are loved. When my kids were little, we have a book of poems that was written by Debbie Boone and there was one particular one that I use to say to my three all the time. “…You are loved and always will be, not because you’ve done something special (although it’s nice when you do), and not because you haven’t done anything wrong (although it’s swell when you don’t). You are loved because you are you, and that can never change and that will never change. You are loved just as you are right this very moment” That is how we are loved by Jesus and because we are loved, we can have “the joy, joy, joy, joy down in our hearts…” Rev. Terri Henkel