Joy To The World – Good News for December 21

21 12 2009

Luke 1:39-45

Mary set out in those days and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

The Daily Path: Like so many this past weekend I took to the highways and streets visiting family and completing a number of errands. What I encountered along the way was frightening. It led me to realize that we are experiencing a serious lack of joy in what is, or was, considered the most joyous time of year.

What I experienced were legions of driven people focused on something other than the coming of the child. On so many faces I saw anger and the strains of self inflicted anxiety. In voices I heard impatience and growling. Joy to the world? Where’s the joy?

What also struck me in this contradicting environment was how the smallest acts of kindness seemed to take on epic proportions.

“Attention! Attention shoppers! Will the gentleman who just held open the door for a woman burdened with parcels please report to security immediately.”

“Our SkyCam-Five shows a driver on Highway 17 who actually allowed another car to enter their lane. Well Sara, it must be Christmas down there!”

Mary was in haste to visit her cousin Elizabeth to see how she could help. Even while carrying her own child within, it’s doubtful she pushed anyone aside to get to her destination and fulfill the urgency of her quest. Yet for so many of us, we can only see the need to complete our mission as fast as possible and at any price.

Dear friends, how can we hope to experience the joy of this season if all the moments leading up to Christmas are filled with anger and stress? How can the gift you give glow with the intended joy if the road to its procurement leaves a trail of sadness behind?

Join me in making today a joyous day for everyone in your presence. Slow down. Smile. Fill your activities and everything you touch with joyful intent. In this season of lights and the final days of Advent, you have the power to light a smile on everyone you come in contact with. Be driven with a personal mission to deliver tidings of great joy!

The child is coming… we can’t welcome him with grumpy faces.

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