It’s Joyful Sunday today and we are ½ way through Advent!!! Join me this week as we celebrate the joy of this Christmas Season.
Brothers and sisters:
Rejoice in the Lord always.
I shall say it again: rejoice!
Your kindness should be known to all.
The Lord is near.
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
There is so much to be heard in those words from St. Paul. First of all remember we talked about showing random acts of kindness to those around us? Well, by doing a random of act of kindness for some not only will person receiving the act of kindness have joy, but you too will experience joy beyond measure for doing something for someone else.
Also did you notice that St. Paul writes, “Have no anxiety at all, but by prayer and petition and with Thanksgiving, make your requests made known to God?” During this hectic, busy season, we have so many things to worry about. Christmas parties to go to, volunteering to fit it, crafts to finish, presents to buy, finances, Christmas dinner, Christmas relatives, children, neighbors….the list goes on. I’ve even been worried about juggling time writing this blog and finishing a cross-stitch blanket for my sister-in-law’s niece by Christmas. But this week I’m going to really focus on not letting anxiety steal by joy and hand my worries and anxieties over to God.
I wanted to point out one more thing this third Sunday of Advent. Then if you do these things (rejoice in the Lord, show kindness to all, give your anxiety to God in prayer, and make your request known to God) then you will have the peace of God that surpasses all understanding! And his peace will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Happy Joyful Sunday!!!!