Think of a time when you felt joy. What did it feel like? How long did it last?

The joy the Bible talks about isn’t a fleeting feeling of happiness, but is deep rooted, long lasting and fulfilling. Many of us have struggled to feel joy over the last couple of years with all the hardships we’ve faced through the pandemic. But just as the baby in Elizabeth’s womb leaped for joy because of Jesus, the Bible tells us that Jesus brings this true, deep rooted joy for ALL people, and it can be yours!

At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favoured, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” 

Luke 1:39–45

Today's Craft

Today’s craft is a joy necklace. Wear it as a reminder that God loves to bring you joy.

Items needed: String, pasta or cheerios, card, pens

1. First, colour the pasta or cheerios

2. Cut out a circle of card. Write or doodle JOY on it

3. Put a hole in the top of the card that has JOY on it

4. Thread. the circle onto string. The string needs to be long enough to wear as a necklace

5. Tie or tape the string closed

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