…my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,” Luke 1:47 NIV
Yesterday was the Advent Sunday of Joy. This marks a turn in our observation of Advent. We move from the quiet waiting of hope and peace to the celebration of joy and love.
I always find this turn exciting. Christmas is drawing near! Many of the responsibilities of the season have been met – extra services have been put together, I’ve hosted the elders for an open house, we finally celebrated my Mother’s birthday, the gifts (in my case) have all been bought. There are still some responsibilities and experiences to come, but I feel ready and excited to be part of them rather than worried about them or stressed by them.
So, for me, joy has arrived at precisely the right time. That may not be true for everyone. I am always aware at this time of year that there are those for whom celebrations won’t come easily. They are dealing with grief or uncertainty. They are finding it hard to make ends meet, or they are alone in a season that is all about togetherness.
There is a song entitled “Grown Up Christmas List,” (check out my fave version here) that includes the lyrics: