Thursday, December 18, 2014

Week to Rejoice

The Third Week of Advent is the time to rejoice as signified by the rose colored candle. After the candle lighting ceremony at the Cathedral last weekend, the deacon reminded us that this is this is the week to find joy. As Christmas nears, the third Sunday of Advent, referred to as “Gaudete” Sunday, allows us to reflect on the coming of the greatest gift known to man. We anticipate the excitement of Christmas. We prepare by service, kindness, generosity, love, and offerings in the name of the Christ Child. We rejoice!

Children rejoice as they stand in line to see Santa a this time of year. They share their journey with the jolly man from the North as good little boys and girls and ask for the gifts they have been hoping for. In contrast, the song by Becky Kelly, Where's the Line To See Jesus, lets us consider waiting in line for Jesus, hoping for His eternal light to bathe us in joy.

Mariah Carey's song, Jesus Born on This Day, is a joyful song filled with hope 
that allows us to rejoice as we prepare in the remaining seven days for Christmas . 

The scripture reading for the Thursday of the Third Week of Advent is from Isaiah 40:3 - "A voice cries: In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God."  

Rejoice this week in the coming of the Light on Christmas Day. 
Prepare for its brightness on our lives.

Holly Mueller has created a site, Spiritual Journey Thursday, for writers to publish thoughts on selected topics about their spiritual journeys. You can read Holly's remarks and the offerings of the community's writers here

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