It's another "Candle Sunday". This week our theme is "joy". We talked about joy being like happiness. They are similar because joy is actively choosing to recognize our contentment because of God's gifts in our life. We talked about the gift of Jesus and sang "Joy to the World".
We lit the candles together and remembered what each of the purple candles on our wreath stands for. The boys prayed thanks to God for the joy that we have and for giving us Jesus. To close our devotion time at the dinner table, they each got to use permanent markers (with very close supervision) to color an ornament that says "joy" on it. They later put pipe cleaners through the small holes at the top of their ornaments and hung them pridefully on the tree!
Thank you God, that even in times of sorrow, you are our joy. Your joy is my strength and when I have fear and doubt myself, I can rely on that strength to accomplish my daily tasks. Amen.