About the 3rd week of Advent:
"Today we remember the joy of waiting, because we know how the story ends!
We light this candle because, like people centuries ago, we know that God has come in Christ and that Christ will come again. We rejoice in history and in the future. The pink color means joy!"
This week is all about joy. How often we have looked for the joy in our lives and seemingly could not find it. Why is that?
Truth is, we have not looked hard enough. Even the smallest of smallest of things could bring us joy. For example, have you ever given a child a rattle and watched as they have played with it for hours. Or how about the card you gave someone in a nursing home? Did you notice their smile? Did you notice yours?
Yesterday I made chocolate chip cookies for my husband. I did not tell him I was doing that but he knew something was up. He came home from a long day to warm cookies. It gave him a small bit of joy on a rough day.
Waiting is hard for us! We are a world of instant gratification. We want it now!
Let us just enjoy this time of waiting patiently. Let us just look for the small things that give us joy because we know that the larger joy is yet to come.