Monday Musings for December 14, 2020


Dear Friends,

“Joy to the World!”

Yes, I am a few days early.  But so are many of you.  It’s supposed to be “the 12 days of Christmas” (December 25 – January 5), but I notice the Hallmark Channel has “the 25 days of Christmas” (December 1 – 25), and if I’m not mistaken, the Hallmark people started much earlier than that.  But I will let that go.

Christmas is about joy.  Not joy that is localized, but joy to the whole world.

This is the year that something else has spread to the whole world.  With the exception of North Korea (wink, wink, nod, nod) the coronavirus is global.  The Bible speaks of a day when “many will travel to and fro” (Daniel 12:4).  That’s us.  And that’s the reason the virus didn’t stay in Wuhan.  It is nothing in our age to hop on a plane and travel halfway around the world.  Travel is good.  Being with people is good.  But COVID-19?  Not good.

Now we have the welcome challenge of distributing a vaccine worldwide.  We are starting to see light at the end of a long, dark tunnel.

But back to joy.  There is a young man I have recently discovered who exudes joy.  His name is Matthew Harding.  He lives in Seattle.  But he really gets around.  He is known as “Dancing Matt” because of his viral videos.  And yes, I do have a link to one of them below.

He has a website called, “Where the Heck is Matt?”   On the home page, he says, “I travel all around the world dancing badly with people.”

As you will see in the video, he must have a healthy travel budget.  You will see him “dancing badly” in every place you can imagine.  Even Boise, Idaho, on the blue.  Even North Korea, where there is no coronavirus.

As you watch this, I predict that you will feel joy.  And also hope.  We have a lot of problems in this world.  But the central, enduring message of Christmas is that “God so loved the world.”  That’s why he sent Jesus.  And so even in dark days, light shines.

In Christ,