Sunday, December 14, 20014

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

JOY


Advent is about joy.  But our times seem little suited for rejoicing.  Our culture irritates and entertains, intoxicates and numbs, but rejoicing seems like a foreign idea.  You can’t do it on cue.  Joy can’t be bought and sold.  You can’t plan for it or train for it.
                                           It doesn’t fit into a well-ordered life.
Joy is new life beating in a heart that has been broken.  Joy is awakening to a fair morning from a nightmare of reality.  Joy is a flight sunward on wings you had forgotten you had.  Joy is the sound of laughter erupting from a procession of grief.
                                          Joy is God’s melody amid the discords of life,
                                          a song carrying the rhythm of eternity,
                                          touching the chords of longing in our soul—
—–copied from our church bulletin at First Baptist, Chattanooga, TN, December 14, 2014