Thursday, September 23, 2021

Joie Sans Fin


R. William Bennett is the author of a book entitled, "Jacob T. Marley", which is a prequel to the Christmas Classic by Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol".  Our son introduced the book to us and it has become a favorite of mine. I read it, along with 
"A Christmas Carol",  every Christmas season.

In this book the Ghost of Christmas Past and Jacob Marley have been witnessing as Scrooge views Christmas at the Cratchitt household.  The Ghost has just sprinkled Bob Cratchitt's house with joy from his cornucopia.  Having seen him sprinkle many people and places, Marley suggests he must be nearly empty of Joy.  The Ghost tilts the cornucopia to Marley's line of sight so he can see it is still full.

"Endless, Jacob,"  he says to Marley.

Endless joy.  Or joie sans fin, literally, joy without end, for our granddaughter Emma, who loves the French language. 

Endless joy.

Endless joy is what awaits us if we trust and believe in the Lord Jesus with all our hearts.  For now and eternity, endless joy.

Joie sans fin.  Indeed.

"That the trial of your faith, 

being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, 

though it be tried with fire, 

might be found unto praise and hour and glory 

at the appearing of Jesus Christ, 

whom having not seen, ye love; 

in whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, 

ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory."  

1 Peter 1:8

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