There’s a sense of excitement as we approach Christmas but also weariness with the extra activities, concerts, parties and shopping now that restrictions have lifted. For some, life seems to be an uphill battle due to overwhelming demands, fear, grief or isolation.
Today’s advent theme of Joy is more than a happy feeling. It’s a lasting attitude that God’s people adopt, not because of happy circumstances, but because of their hope in God’s love and promise. Amidst our worries and weariness, we can rejoice in the Lord because we are anticipating Jesus’ return and the removal of all fear and loss. The gift of God’s Spirit is a sign of Jesus’ ongoing presence inspiring hope, love and joy in the darkest of moments.
Micah 5:1-6 was written when God’s people had drifted far away from God’s best, with even the kings and priests unable to bring them back. But Micah announced that from Bethlehem a leader would come who would shepherd God’s people back in the strength and majesty of God. On this third Sunday of Advent we anticipate Jesus’ coming and are invited to return to Him, the Good Shepherd who alone can restore our joy, love and peace.
What are you anticipating and trusting that fills you with joy?
All Souls Sandringham