Have you ever wondered why one candle on the Advent wreath is pink (rose)? Sunday we will light this rose colored candle as it brings with it a particular focus for the week. The theme is taken from the verse above, pointing us toward the obvious joy of Christmas but also toward the joy of Jesus’ return. The focus of the day is one that is intended to lift our gaze amid the preparations spiritually in this season of Advent to the joy of Jesus’ birth and coming again.
The spiritual preparation of the season is one of fasting, prayer, and the heart work that draws us closer to the Lord to more fully receive the joy of Christmas. Such preparation also calls us to the heart work needed as we persevere to the end, as we anticipate Jesus’ return. The emphasis this week appropriately gives us a moment to zoom out and look the the bigger picture. We rejoice in what God has done, is doing, and will do.
I’d encourage you to take a moment this week to pause, reflect, and rejoice. Read through Luke 1 and 2 to recount it what we celebrate shortly. Perhaps ask yourself or those in your household what is the joy we find therein. Consider sharing what God has done that you can rejoice in as a result of Jesus’ entrance into your life, or capturing it for your own recollection.
May this practice of rejoicing not merely be a feeling, but a way of life. Make rejoicing a template that carries us into the joy of this upcoming Christmas season, but also daily carries us until it brings us into Jesus’ presence forevermore!