This Sunday we celebrate the third Sunday of Advent, the Sunday of Joy. For those for whom this Christmas brings sorrow, we hold you close, and pray for your comfort. For those for whom this Christmas brings joy, we celebrate with you, and pray you may recognize the gift that joy truly is. It doesn't come on demand, even as we celebrate God's all encompassing love for all creation. Wherever your heart is today, I invite you to pray this beautiful prayer with me:
God of delight, God of celebration, God of good news of great joy for all people - we pray for your world so full of sorrows. Let us weep with those who weep, and sing with those who sing. Most of all, give us voices to join with Mary in singing of how you delight in lifting up the lowly, scattering the proud, and filling the hungry with good things. Come, Jesus, come. Amen.
Advent blessings and love to each,