Happy third Sunday in Advent! This Sunday’s theme is joy and we can experience joy, because our story isn’t over yet. God promises eternal life with Him to all who believe in His son, Jesus. I hope you are enjoying these as much as I am enjoying putting them together for you.
Advent Joy Readings
Reading #1. Mary Fairchild in her About.com article titled “Celebrating Advent: Prepare for the Coming of Jesus Christ at Christmas” describes Advent as:
” a period of spiritual preparation in which many Christians make themselves ready for the coming, or birth of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Celebrating Advent typically involves a season of prayer, fasting and repentance, followed by anticipation, hope and joy.
Many Christians celebrate Advent not only by thanking God for Christ’s first coming to Earth as a baby, but also for his presence among us today through the Holy Spirit, and in preparation and anticipation of his final coming at the end of time.”
The third Sunday in Advent represents joy or rejoicing. I hope that the anticipation of Jesus’ second coming leads you to rejoicing!!
Reading #2. Our second writer is Sarah Bessey. I love her insights. For a little taste: “Joy is born, not from pretending everything is fine, but from holding both hope and truth together. The Christian can stand in that liminal space, the place of grief, even there with joy. Why? Because joy is the affirmation of the thing that is truer than any trouble, any affliction: the affirmation that Love wins. Jesus is as good as we hope, it’s all worth it, and all will be redeemed.” (Liminal: occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.)
O come, O come Emmanuel
“O come, O come Emmanuel” played by The Piano Guys on cello and piano.
You’re Never Abandoned
Reading #3. Here’s a taste of Ann Voskamp’s article below:
“That place that may feel like abandonment —- is placement.
And what may feel like being thrown away — is about being placed because a way is coming always.”
She writes about her adopted daughter and how she wasn’t abandoned, but placed where she could be found by someone else. Grab your box of tissues.
May you experience joy in your relationship with Jesus this week. Kathy