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Third Candle of Advent 2021 - Joy

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire. For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the Living God of hosts will do this. (Isaiah 9:2-7)



Feel great joy

Elemental, essential.

Not merely the opposite of sadness

Profound, deep happiness

Peace, not the absence of violence, but the presence of well-being

Connection with creation, and thus with the Creator, a shared experience

Our souls thirst for joy like our bodies thirst for water

Without water we cannot live.

Without joy it is too painful to love

"Rejoice" first appeared in The Write Launch, January 2019

Russell E. Willis

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