In December 2020, there seems an even wider gulf between the season's theme of joy and the troubles of the world. It will be difficult for me to receive a message of joy. In many a devotional guide, the third Sunday of Advent season provides a refocus. We are given a break, a chance to catch our breath. For me, that reset works for the whole of December, especially this year!
Listen to the invitation to weary souls in a verse from “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” by Edmund Sears:
If words of joy are difficult to hear, try giving yourself - and others- a break. Everyone is doing the best they can. For a day, step away from trying to solve other people's problems. God's gift of “pure, unbounded” love is for one and all. Joy, too, is God’s gift to give- the fruit of being a beloved child of God. And don't forget to pray for yourself.
The reset of our spirit rests in God's faithful love and mercy, where the presence of Jesus meets us on the road we travel.