I am sitting here putting my thoughts together to write my next blog, my son’s big dog is sleeping on my bed snoring. Life is a joy wherever you find it. I want to write about something serious and I am laughing at the dog. I think sometimes we take ourselves too seriously and miss the joy set before us. I wonder what was going through the minds of the shepherds when they saw and heard the angels sing. Then when Gabriel told the shepherds about the Christ being born in Bethlehem. I am sure they were shaking in their boots. But they went any way. They knew that God had revealed something very special to them. When Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to the temple to be dedicated to God, there were two people in the temple who recognized the Christ. An elderly man and woman, who had served God in the temple all of their lives. You see no matter what you do in life, God has already gone before you. He has plans for each of us and will place people in our path to affect our lives. God knows the beginning and the end. That is why we can have joy in this life, because God has already seen about the details. No one can out do God. The first three fruits of the Holy Spirit are love, peace and joy. This is what God wants to give us to be able to live a good life on this earth. It says in Matthew 2:10-14 “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (KJV). I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.