Isaiah 29:19

I’ve watched more than my fair share of sappy holiday movies on Hallmark and Lifetime channels this Christmas season.  A guilty pleasure in the glow of the lights from my decorated tree…  This year more than those past I’ve recognized an over-arching theme that is surprising coming out of Hollywood:  Simple is better.  Love, joy, peace, family.  Giving is definitely better than receiving.

Isaiah is talking to and about the people of Israel in Jerusalem in this passage, warning them that they cannot hide from God who is maker, protector, and giver of all good things. Sandwiched between the verses of warnings and promises comes this gem of good news, “The humble will be filled with fresh joy from the Lord.  The poor will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel (NLT).”

Not just joy.  FRESH joy.   And it’s the poor who rejoice; not the rich and powerful.  What great news!  What a great promise!  Simplicity brings joy. May you find your joy in the simple and humble things of life, remembering this is how our Savior came in and out of the world.  May the joy of this season continue in our hearts and relationships every day as we live, work, and grow in our faith.

Anna Johnson