Joy


Advent3rdSundayThird Sunday of Advent

December 13, 2015

First reading


 

Philippians 4:4-7 New Living Translation

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.


 

We have reached the Third Sunday of Advent and the traditional theme for this Sunday is joy.  The third sunday traditionally also has a pink candle in place of the blue or purple to indicate joy.  I think it is appropriate because, we have turned the corner so to speak, from the wanting and waiting to beginning to celebrate the coming of the Christ.

It is interesting that this passage once again alludes to Christ’s second coming – even here on the Third Sunday of Advent.  I like what Paul writes here – “Always be full of joy in the Lord….I say it again “Rejoice!””  What a reminder of what we are to do in these days as we wait for the Lord.

Just yesterday I received an email from a friend who encouraged me in this waiting time.  I was a little blue yesterday as I went to work in the pre-dawn hours.  His email meant a great deal to me and encouraged me because he is in a waiting period as well.

We are reminded here not to worry but to pray and in that praying tell God what you need and be thankful. What great advice we receive here from God’s Word.  There are times over this journey that we are on that I have felt this peace that exceeds our understanding – but there are times when the human kicks in.

I have determined to make this my prayer – As we continue our journey toward Christmas – I hope you make Paul’s words your prayer as well.

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