Picking up the small Joys in your life and being content.

Shawne's Beauty © Laurie Pace 2005

Shawne's Beauty © Laurie Pace 2005

“Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.” ― Pearl S. Buck

He is near.  Can you feel it around you?  This third Sunday in Advent we light the candle of Joy. 

This week we prepare by accepting the feeling of joy.  Move through the week excited and rejoicing that so much is at hand. Now is not the time to be pulled down by sadness or situations that hinder you from feeling the joy and hope which only God can give us. We light this third candle each day now... as we have traveled from Hope and expectation to Grace and longing and now we light the candle of Joy. 

It is hard with the past month's events of terrorism to get past the conflict and division. We must bring joy to the surface.  “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my savior.”  Also, in the quote above, I love the mention that we often blow right by the small joys in life because our eyes are on the forever happiness. 

Is the Light shining into the darkness and pain in your life? God's mercy and healing will bring in more light bursting forth. This is the perfect week to celebrate reconciliation with a loved one, relative or a friend. With all this light bursting forth from you it is easy to ask for forgiveness.  

Each night pray with gratitude over the day no matter what it has brought down, no matter how busy you are... count your blessings and your joys. Give your gratitudes to the Lord. Give thanks for the additional light of the third candle in your life... the candle of Joy.

“You are to name him Jesus,  because he will save his people  from their sins.” Matthew 1:21