This Sunday, many Christians will be lighting the Advent candle of joy. Joy is beyond the celebration after a temporary gain. Joy runs deeper than that. It is surrendering to letting love bloom, even against the backdrop of apparent barreness, darkness, and chill.
It is trusting that God is always with us, whatever we must go through. If you are thinking that sounds very difficult, well, know you are not alone in that feeling. That is the beauty of community. Reklindling the light is seldom a solitary effort. Together, we learn to accept God’s love for all as our own.
No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat.
For as the days of a tree, so will the days of my people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the works of their hands. Isaiah 65:22