We’ve all probably heard a definition of joy that distinguishes it from happiness. True joy is only attainable by divine provision, while happiness can be obtained through, and is reliant upon, circumstances. I recently read this quote, which hit the mark for me:
“All joy,” C.S. Lewis once stated in a letter, “(as distinct from mere pleasure, still more amusement) emphasizes our pilgrim status; always reminds, beckons, awakens desire. Our best havings are wantings.”
This joy, Lewis says, is “the serious business of heaven.” This heavenly rejoicing has been made possible for us on Earth, through the incarnation. What we have been wanting, we may now have. Christmas is every-day rejoicing.
There shall the Child lie in a stall,
This Child who shall redeem us all.
This gift of God we’ll cherish well,
That ever joy our hearts shall fill.