A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 17:22 NIV

Listen to Words from the Heart

Joy

Sixty-seven per cent of Canadians report being very happy, generally speaking, and 68 per cent are very satisfied with their lives, according to a new, nationwide Gandalf Group survey conducted for The Globe and Mail. Just 5 per cent of Canadians say they are very unhappy. The online survey of nearly 2,500 adults looked at Canadians’ overall happiness and the level of satisfaction with specific aspects of their personal, family, social, work, and financial lives. The most powerful overall determinants of happiness and satisfaction with life are mental health and having a sense of purpose.

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This is arguably the most emotional season of the year. For many, it is filled with joy, peace, love, happy memories, and so many other positive emotions. For others, the emotions are far different. The memories are far from happy. Loss, grief, even fear mark this time of the year. This was never meant to be. The arrival of Jesus into the world was God’s plan to redeem all that was lost when sin entered into the heart of our first parents. Too often, that truth gets lost in the trappings of the season. The Advent season, these weeks leading up to the celebration of Jesus’ birth, ought to be filled with mystery, wonder, and gladness. Focusing on what is central to this season, setting aside all else as much as possible, will help refocus on the joy of the season. King Solomon noticed the power of gladness and joy. In Proverbs 17:22 he writes “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” As in all things, we need to get our eyes on Jesus during this Advent season.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley