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Advent Week 3 - Unspeakable Joy

Pause + Breathe:: DOWNLOAD the Advent calendar + devotional journaling guide.

Meditation:: Joy

Ponder:: Joy is no fickle thing. If hope is the act of continuing in life in the face of suffering, then joy is the act of rising up and making something of life, together, in community, in the face of that suffering. Mary (Miriam) is the epitome of rising up and making something of life, together, in community, in the face of suffering.

Prayer for Joy in our Homes

May this be a House of Joy.

May we be open here to dreams,

and to each other.

May all who enter in these magic walls

feel love and feel respect

for learning and each other.

May we be always friends to life.

May we walk in that friendship.

May learning live in this house.

May it never leave.

Read + Ruminate:: Read Luke chapters 1 and 2; Matthew chapters 1 and 2 - Joy in the Story of Mary's Presence

Artwork: Madonna, by Sue Ellen Parkins

Listen:: The Magnificat - Song of Mary

“My soul magnifies the Lord

and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

for he has been mindful

of the humble state of his servant.

From now on all generations will call me blessed,

for the Mighty One has done great things for me—

holy is his name.

His mercy extends to those who fear him,

from generation to generation.

He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;

he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.

He has brought down rulers from their thrones

but has lifted up the humble.

He has filled the hungry with good things

but has sent the rich away empty.

He has helped his servant Israel,

remembering to be merciful

to Abraham and his descendants forever,

just as he promised our ancestors.”


This Joy I Have, Shirley Caesar

artwork by Ija Charles - Black Boy Joy

"This joy that we have, the world didn’t give it to us. The world didn’t give it, the world cannot take it away." - sung by Shirley Caesar

Until next time,

Scribble. Speak. From your soul.


Links for further discovery

Visit the Advent series page. Next, we will open another Advent door... Love

LEAVE A COMMENT: Where have you recently jumped for joy within your being?


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