Interlude of Joy

Third Sunday of Advent – the pink candle, reminds us that in the season of waiting, watchfulness, and reflection on our lives, there is always time and space for joy.

I went to a church for years – there was a nun named Sr. Laura.  She said that you can sacrifice during lent, give up candy or sugar, whatever…but on Sunday, it is still a day of resurrection and joy, and eat whatever you want.  Okay, that’s a bit of a paraphrase, but I think you get the idea.

This week, come ready to share what little bits of joy you have observed or been a part of during the past few weeks.  A joy shared is a joy multiplied!

Last week, Kit shared that like a lot of people, she’s felt a bit of despair this year, especially after the election.  I noted that I am not in despair, or at least that I keep a firm sight on the long-view, and I feel that the arc of history is longer and more convoluted than we usually think.  I wouldn’t say that I am elated, joyful, or even that I have a sunny outlook for the next few months or years.  What I am is confident that God’s outcome is a positive one, God’s kingdom is not a place we will recognize right off, and that we get there through the work of everyday.  What is that?  Don’t we already know?

Love your neighbor.  Love your enemy.  Comfort the afflicted (and afflict the comfortable!).  Feed the hungry.  Hug the sad.  Listen to people with compassion.

Let’s see where we get this week!

Affectionately-

John

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One Response to Interlude of Joy

  1. johndidiego says:

    This is from saturdays old testament reading from isaiah. Do not fear!
    . …O Immanuel. Band together, you peoples, and be dismayed; listen, all you far countries; gird yourselves and be dismayed; gird yourselves and be dismayed! Take counsel together, but it shall be brought to naught; speak a word, but it will not stand, for God is with us. For the LORD spoke thus to me while his hand was strong upon me, and warned me not to walk in the way of this people, saying: Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what it fears, or be in dread. But the LORD of hosts, him you shall regard as holy; let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. He will become a sanctuary, a stone one strikes against; for both houses of Israel he will become a rock one stumbles over– a trap and a snare for the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many among them shall stumble; they shall fall and be broken; they shall be snared and taken.

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