For the month of December, we’ve been celebrating the four weeks of Advent and the themes of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.
I’m sharing each one of those short little video sessions right here for you.
All are welcome to our little “church” time. Sending you hope, peace, joy, and love.
Week One: Hope
Hope is a word that gets used a lot, but it’s not flimsy, wishful thinking. It’s not weak-minded or naive; it’s not silly.
Hope is powerful and helps us withstand fire and trials and despair. Hope can live in the white-hot center of the flame.
We don’t only access hope when the hard thing is over. Hope can live in the middle of it.
Week Two: Peace
The idea of Peace might feel farfetched right now. There is so much going on in the world. But maybe we are also waging war against ourselves, our bodies. Maybe we might be waging war with things happening in our relationships, the people in our lives, or our thoughts, or our struggles.
But what about waging peace? We can do this. This the perfect time to commit to pursuing peace, well-being, wholeness, and “shalom” in our lives and in our communities.
Week Three: Joy
It is possible to have Joy even when we are not experiencing happiness. Happiness happens to us but Joy is a choice purposely made.
The third week of Advent, often referred to as Gaudete Sunday, (Gaudete is a Latin verb that means rejoice.). Gaudete Sunday calls us to a contemplative joy, one that recognizes the sacredness of the season.
No matter where this season finds you, we have access to joy. Joy to the world! The Lord has come.
Week Four: Love
Let’s talk about Love that knows no boundaries — reaching out to the farthest corners of our hearts. This love beckons us no matter where we find ourselves.
What small simple act of kindness can we extend to make a difference in others’ lives? Love just isn’t an idea, it’s a verb. Let’s actively participate in love and choose love.