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Give Me a Sign! Zephaniah 3:14-20

Give Me a Sign!

In India they’re searching for a symbol for the rupee. For many people in our world, money equals joy. But what’s the sign of real joy?

Here’s a question for you: What does joy look like?

That’s right, joy. How would you describe it? How might you paint a picture of it? If you had to come up with a universal symbol, a kind of catch-all image for this universal experience and feeling that we call joy, what would it be?

Is it a mother holding her newborn child? That has to be joy. What about the shout of a fan when his team finally wins it all? Maybe it’s the huge grin of a groom when he catches a glimpse of his bride walking down the aisle on their wedding day? Pure joy.

Joy is an interesting emotion. It’s tough to explain and difficult to put into words, yet, when you see it, it’s unmistakable and when you feel it, it’s unforgettable. We’ve all seen it. We’ve all felt it. So again, how might you describe this thing called joy? What would you say is the symbol of joy?

Some people would argue that coming up with an all-encompassing image of joy is a lot easier than you’d think. In fact, some would say we already have one. ...

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