Journey to Joy (Day 8): Holiday Message


May mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance.   

Jude v. 2   

Isn’t that a beautiful message?   

Did you know there was a book of Jude in the Bible?  I didn’t.  Four years of parochial school.  Countless hours with my butt parked in Sunday School, confirmation classes, and church.  I’ve got three Bibles on my bookshelf.  But, I had to go to Fred Meyer shopping for Christmas cards to find this powerful biblical lesson.   

When I got home, I found Jude ~ one chapter long ~ nestled between 3 John  and Revelation.  It would be nice to know there’s this lovely message before we get into all the spooky stuff of Revelation.   

I’m blown away that all the preachers in my life never, ever gave a sermon or even a Scripture reading using a message that so powerfully conveys God’s love for his children.  “Hey, Jude” by the Beatles is as close as I’ve come.  There’s a really cool flow chart of the lyrics on the Sunshine + Design blog that I hope you’ll check out:   

Hey Jude, don’t make it bad
Take a sad song and make it better
Remember to let her into your heart
Then you can start to make it better

Hey Jude, don’t be afraid
You were made to go out and get her
The minute you let her under your skin
Then you begin to make it better

And anytime you feel the pain, hey Jude, refrain
Don’t carry the world upon your shoulders
For well you know that it’s a fool who plays it cool
By making his world a little colder
Na na na, na na, na na na na

Hey Jude, don’t let me down
You have found her, now go out and get her
Remember to let her into your heart
Then you can start to make it better   

It’s ironic that the messages of peace and love of all the world’s religions seem to get lost in the stress of the holidays.   

So, I’m going to wish that you find mercy, peace, and love in abundance this holiday season.  I hope you will take the time to let someone into your heart. . .to get under your skin in a good way.  Let’s warm up the world with some love.  It is the only viable path to world peace.

2 responses to “Journey to Joy (Day 8): Holiday Message

  1. I remember singing “Hey Jude” in our 5th grade music class in 1970,we had a cool student music teacher! They made us stop because of what they felt were drug related references in the lyrics.

    It’s ironic that the worlds messages of peace and love seem to get lost in peoples paranoia.It reminds me of the reason why some religion’s are against pre-marital sex…they’re afraid that it might lead to dancing! JOY? to the world…

  2. Too funny!

    I love the photo on your web site. Good luck with your mission! Out here in WA State, there is money for what you are trying to do available from government agencies that work with disabled and/or homeless people. . .they look for groups who can provide permanent housing and counseling/supervision for disabled and/or homeless people.

    Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.

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