Prepare Him Room

My favorite Christmas song, hands down, is “Joy to the World.” One line in particular has been ringing in my head this whole holiday season: Prepare Him Room.

The celebration of Jesus’ birth is blowing over me like a howling yet tender refreshing wind to my aching soul. He came to break the curse of pain, bitterness, tears, and brokenness, far as the curse is found.

Joy. JOY, deep and guttural and consuming. It trumps happiness in its depth and richness. It is a deep peace wrapped in beautiful love. Joy to the whole world, because Jesus came.

And He rules, He reigns with TRUTH that brings true freedom and GRACE where we are allowed to come flawed and bleeding before a Holy God to be in perfect relationship. And His glory is so overwhelming, so all encompassing that all of creation cries out, shouts because they cannot hold back the glory of the King. Repeat the sounding joy!

No more let sin and sorrow grow, He came to make His blessings flow. Far as the curse is found; there  He is. There is nothing too dark or depraved to escape the redemptive power of God’s love.

Prepare my heart, Lord. I want you to have room. No, I want all of the room to be for you in my heart. I invite you Lord to be my all, and let me live in the full, resounding, joy and wonder of your love.

Merry Christmas!

Joy to the World, the Lord has come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing

And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love

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