We looked at words like joy and peace and love – words we toss around lightly and freely - but we wanted to delve more deeply into these words and wondered how we could put some “flesh” on them.
I wondered about this word, “joy”. How is it different from “merry” and “happy”?
Some of you know that it is my privilege to work as a Hospice Chaplain. This is one of the many incredible stories I have heard.
"And that,” he said, the tears flowing freely, “brings me such great joy. It’s not about being happy. I know from happy,” he said. “I am happy that I was able to provide for my family. I am happy that they had a better life than I did.”
Listen to that: "When you know something is possible, but you've never felt it, when you finally do, well, that's joy."
Do you hear what I hear?
It’s pretty miraculous, but you can know joy. In your heart and in your mind and in your soul and in your whole body. It's the fifth day of Christmas. There's still plenty of time for a Christmas miracle.
It's okay. We know better. We know that there are 12 whole days of Christmas.
So, on this first Sunday of Christmas, here is my Christmastide message to you: