Today we light the candle of Joy.
The traditional candle for the Advent Sunday of Joy is the color pink, and it carries with it a lighthearted feeling. It is such a feeling that Psalm 45 imbues in a wedding song singing of the Messiah.
My heart is stirred by a noble theme
as I recite my verses for the king;
my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.
We use a writing pen for mundane tasks of bill paying, filling out forms, taking notes. A pen is a simple and inexpensive giveaway. In fact, I recently received one when attending a health fair. The only real demand we make of a pen is that it has ink and writes. But when one “Writes”, it is the thought that flows from the pen that ignites our thinking, and that is the idea that the Psalmist desires us to catch.
Phrasings of joy, a smooth delivery of a rejoicing heart, are the pen of the one who has composed hymn of joy to the Bridegroom.
Can we write such themes of joy with our words? If understanding the difference between feelings of happiness and true joy I believe we can. Feeling happy is transitory, and our mind’s eye is turned inward… how do we feel? What is happening in our lives? Joy is focused upon others, it is rooted within a thankfulness that climbs into powerful feelings of good. Joy can be filled with happy feelings, but there is something transcendent about it. That is why we can feel joy on such occasions as a wedding, or at Christmas…. the emotions are anchored in the happiness of another, but become our own.
Joy is catching.
Ann Voscamp wrote a 10 point Manifesto of Joyful Parenting in which the 10th point was:
10. Today, I will laugh! And I will let the little children laugh! I will create a culture of JOY!
I wonder what things we can do to create that culture of joy? One thing is to quiet ourselves and take time. It isn’t the giddiness of a party or the overflow of presents as fun as that might be at the time. It is the time to rejoice and be glad in the moment of now.
Sing “Joy to the World”.
The Jesse Tree ornament for today is the Rose representing the prophet Isaiah, and the joyful promises.
1 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
2 It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God.