It’s that time of year again!
Just as in previous years, as the time has drawn near, I’ve become excitedly anxious awaiting
the eagerly anticipated moment of the deliverance of these two special things!
“Of what?” you might ask.
Well, of the Word of the Year and the Saint of the Year – of course!
*Several posts about this practice are littered throughout my bloggity-blog site, but you can click on the two links above to quickly reference two!
The very special part, for me, of partaking in this practice, are the very unique and sometimes necessary or needed ways these two items “show-up” in my life throughout the course of the year.
And I just know, given the two which have been provided to me for this year, that
2023 is going to be filled with great merriment!
(Much like 2022 ended with!)
2023’s Word of the Year is
merry (mĕr′ē) adjective meaning: Full of cheerfulness, liveliness, and good feelings. Showing high spirits or lightheartedness. Merry suggests cheerfulness, joyous, uninhibited enjoyment of frolic or festivity. If you describe someone’s character or behaviour as merry, you mean that they are happy and cheerful.
Today, we use “merry” for Christmas the way we use “happy” for most other holidays, but the words themselves technically don’t have the same exact meaning. While “happy” suggests a more general emotional state of joy, “merry” can imply that there’s a bit of raucous revelry afoot.
But what does merry mean in the Bible?
Merry is the uninhibited joy released by God’s grace, and freedom flowing out of His forgiveness.
“And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'”Luke 15:31-32
How did I miss the clues???
See how HUMOROUS my GOD is!!
He already knew the Word that would be granted to me and was sprinkling hints along the December shopping- trail for me to see!
I do hope you will continue to join me for ALL that is sure to show up & be Merry throughout the upcoming New Year!
“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…Luke 1: 47
hugs n’ blessings for the (many) ways we shall recognize He is always with us, because all that is His is ours.