Where are you finding joy this Advent?
A postcard for the 3rd Sunday of Advent
We finally got to light the pink candle.
The Third Sunday of Advent reminds us that we are supposed to be experiencing joy in this season. The challenge of Advent to slow down and wait for God is also meant to create spaces of joy. I know for me, the busyness of the season can squeeze out the joy.
Here is a prayer from Henri Nouwen that invites us to seek the joy of the Advent season:
Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.
We who have so much to do and seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day,
We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.
We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.
We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.
We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.
To you we say, "Come Lord Jesus!'
- Henri J.M. Nouwen
A sermon for the Third Sunday of Advent for the Episcopal Church of the Messiah, Heflin, Alabama, 12/11/22:
Principal texts: Matthew 11:2-11
December 18 - St. Paul’s, Greensboro — 4th Sunday of Advent
December 24 - St. Barnabas / Messiah / Holy Spirit, Alabaster — Christmas Eve
January 1 - OFF