To Live with Joy

by elizabethbrantley

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In Advent this is the week dedicated to Joy. A whole week where we consciously, prayerfully and merrily seek to find the bliss of being alive- fully alive. Yet I know pastors everywhere struggled to incorporate such joy with the sorrows of the news as we all did ourselves. How can you live in both worlds? How can you live joyously yet also in sorrow and grief?
This is more of a question to live into, one where you can find your own answer through your own experiences and understanding. But I was reminded last night by the spiritual director of Samaritan Counseling that the spiritual always involves both the negative and the positive. It is all embracing.
We can find joy now because we get to breath through this day. Because we get another day with the ones we love. Because we can embrace the ones we love and laugh at the memories of the ones we miss. Because there is a hidden promise in each day of the unexpected, which could mean your tremendous good is right before you, waiting like the gifts of Christmas designed and given just for you. I know it’s hard sometimes to find joy. I know that sometimes, even in the week of joy, its not culturally acceptable to be overwhelmed with the bliss of living, but it is ok to be a radical. To be different. To be happy even in sorrow. It’s ok to celebrate the lives of others through living your life with joy. It’s ok to have your heart rest on the ocean floor of peace and love and above all joy even while you are riding all the other waves of emotions we face.
We can still choose joy. May today we do so.

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