By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Remember the children's old Nursery rhyme:
"Ring around the rosy,
Pocket full of posies,
Ashes, ashes, we all fall down.
This little rhyme is translated differently inside of my heart and head:
"Ring around the glory,
Share the precious story,
Joyful, joyful, we all dance 'round."
The theme of "Joy" has got me going, dear reader, and I feel myself an "impassioned bubble of joy" ready to burst on those around me.
The truths articulated in God's holy word about abundant life, redemptive life, and a regenerated life ... are teeming with a "joy-filled" life which we are to be experiencing on this earth.
Joy is a spontaneous, reflective response to God the Father, produced by a regenerated heart running-over and overwhelmed with thanksgiving to God.
Joy is a by-product of received grace.
I want "you" to be in the joy circle with me.
I want your face in the ring and I want you to shoulder and sing with me.
The joy circle is not a prejudiced group of elite puritans ...
It's a concoction of real people with real hearts, sinners of all sorts, who have repented of their sins and then been redefined through God's grace, and restored to serve in new ways.
Joy dwellers are infatuated and furious about loving God;
 they possess a boundless reserve of energy, enthusiasm, and zeal for their King and they are intimately familiar with His beautiful presence.
Joy dwellers are hope-dwellers, and grace and truth-tellers of the Gospel.
Joy dwellers can't be silent,
because they weren't made to be.
The Father's love is too big.
I'm in the ring of glory ...
The hand I'm holding is holy.
It's strong, pure, safe, protective, and powerful,
and its extending itself to "you" to enter the joy circle with me.
Take hold of the hand,
And dance joyfully with me.
"Ring around the glory ..."
"For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard."
Actos 4:20