The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Swept up in joy

'Do not fear. Don't you know how much I treasure you?'

Joy happens not when all is well but when we are connected to what God is doing in the world — loving, saving, redeeming, caring. It's not surprising that those who serve and share from their hearts find joy. They are connected, swept into the whirlwind of divine love. So, too, are those with a regular practice of prayer.

Perhaps, then, the best way to prepare to receive the joy of Christmas is to avoid the superficial joviality that sugarcoats the season. Instead, we might savor those times when we feel the breezes of the divine whirlwind touch us, telling us that we are loved, treasured and never alone.

Then we might lay our hands to the labor of God to give life to the world. Joy will certainly follow.

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