Sunday 16 December 2018
Week III Psalter. 3rd Sunday of Advent.
Zephaniah 3:14-18. Isaiah 12:2-6. Philippians 4:4-7. Luke 3:10-18.
Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel – Isaiah 12:2-6.
‘Cry out with joy and gladness.’
I remember teaching a happy little song – ‘It’s Advent, shout for joy, Maranatha!’ – with glockenspiel and triangles to accompany children singing. How can we not be joyful when we know God loves us?
We are often more inclined to be serious about our faith rather than joyful. Paul urges us to ‘always be joyful and never worry about anything’. If we take our worries and cares to God in faith, and trust that God will attend to our prayers, our worry load is shared. We’ve handed it over and are ready to become more joyful, confident, and peaceful. Let us look for things to be grateful for and to rejoice in.