Advent Devotional: Sunday, December 16

Marie Crain

Third Week of Advent: Joy
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Light the Candle of Joy

"I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances."  Philippians 4:11b

In the Spring of 1053, Kyle and I were in the midst of having our first home built.  It was an exciting time for us and almost every afternoon as the sun was going down, we would venture out to Paula Heights to see what progress had been made that day.  As we wandered through and around the building site, finding each new and added feature taking shape.  Looking at the  tobacco patch that was going to be our back yard, we contemplated the fact that not even telephone lines were available as yet and the gas lines had not been laid, but we had electricity and water and things would be fine.

One afternoon when we made our trip to view the progress on the house, we found Mr. Alphonso Doram and his son working late finishing up the plastering of the walls.  The Doram’s were well known in this area for their excellent work.  This was a time before dry wall came into vogue and the plaster was applied the old fashioned way.  We found Mr. Doram’s son singing away as he worked smoothing the wall.  Kyle said to him, “You certainly seem to enjoy your work.”  He replied, “When it is your life’s work, you may as well enjoy what you put your hand to.”  Through the years we have often remembered this day and the young man’s joy in his work.
We are wanderers, in search of a dream of becoming something better than we are, something larger, richer, in some way more important to the world and ourselves.  Not enjoying who we are, because of wishing to have more or to become more.  We think we dare not be satisfied with the small measure that has been given to us.  All our circumstances are in the hand of God, He always has our best interest at heart.  We often need to remind ourselves of this fact.

Prayer: Lord help us not to worry and fret but to find love and joy where you have placed us.