Joy

The beauty of joy is that it is wholly independent.
Not dependent on circumstances.
Not a feeling.
It is there for the taking in spite of 
our feelings.

Joy exists because of the presence of Christ.
Like light in the darkness, it is entirely other 
from that which surrounds it.
Distinctly different from what this world knows.

It bestows A crown of beauty instead of ashes
The oil of joy instead of mourning
Adorning us with A garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair

Isaiah spoke and then…
400 years of silence.
A recipe for despair but there was joy, 
saying “You don’t have to worry. I’ve got this.”

In this world, feelings come and go.
The world tells us to chase happiness.
To pursue the temperamental, 
inconsequential things of this life. 

But when we lose our footing 
and begin to slip 
the ship tilts and we start to slide, 
we know the feelings have lied to us,
They said they’d take care of us.
But they’re gone.
When happiness is in hiding
Still, joy is abiding.

Joy is not built on the circumstances around us,
But on the true pillars of hope and peace.
We cease to fear the changing winds.
We simply rest in the comfort of knowing that 
no matter what comes, joy will be with us.
A loyal companion for the journey.
A faithful friend to the end.
A Samwise to our Frodo.

With the ecstasy of a bride on her wedding day,
With the Israelites waiting for the birth of a babe,
With a child’s giddy anticipation of Christmas morning,
We joyfully wait for the Second Advent.
We wait WITH joy. We wait FOR joy.
To one day enjoy life with Christ 
Forever.

For now, in this world, 
joy is going to have to coexist side by side with sorrow.
The ride is rough. 
We borrow joy from the future
Tomorrow will be a new day.
We are joyful yet we are unhappy.

In the chaos of 2020, we lift our eyes to rest on you.
You are our joy.
In the loss and disappointment and division and pain,
You are our joy.
In the midst of this season of busy and doing,
You are our joy.
We slow. We pause. We hold our breath in anticipation.
The waiting is hard, but it is holy.
We invite you into the waiting.

We believe.
The Fullness of Time will happen again.
You are our hope.
You are our peace.
You are our joy.

Jesus.


Advent is a season of the liturgical year observed in most Christian denominations as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for both the celebration of the Nativity of Christ at Christmas and the return of Christ at the Second Coming.

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