This past Sunday was the third week of Advent. The word Advent comes from the Latin root 'adventus,' which means "arrival" or "to come." During this season we are invited to slow down and become aware of God's love and grace that surrounds and sustains us.
This third week of Advent the candle of Joy is lit. So this week you are invited to seek out and experience Joy. Regardless of our external circumstances, Joy can be found in our lives if we are willing to pursue it. Joy can be thought of as the assurance and presence of God and His good will toward us. If we allow the truth of His presence and love for us to soak into the very essence of our beings, we find that even in the most difficult circumstances we can find joy. It's a joy that sustains us because we learn to see God's affection for us reflected in the beauty of a sunrise, children's laughter, dew on the grass, trees that sparkle with lights, and family who gather around us (and even at times perturb us). His love is reflected in all the perfect imperfections that surround us- if only we have eyes to see it. When we accept those imperfections in our lives, and yet believe in the love of God working all things for good we find joy.
Reflection for this week:
How am I hindering Joy in my life?
How am I inviting Joy further into my life?
"If, as Herod, we fill our lives with things and again with things,
if we consider ourselves so unimportant, that we fill every moment of our lives with action, when will we have the time to take the long slow journey across the desert,
As did the Magi?
Or sit and watch the stars, as did the shepherds?
Or brood over the coming of a child, as did Mary?
For each of us there is a desert to travel,
A star to discover,
And a being within ourselves to bring to life." (Author unknown)
By Babs May-Clark