Encouragement for the Journey 16 / 12 / 2012

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Encouragement for the Journey 16 / 12 / 2012

Encouragement for the Journey

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Greetings Fellow Traveller,

Today is the third Sunday in Advent and we continue on our journey of lighting Advent candles, today it is the Candle of Joy.

Joy weaves its way through the Christmas stories, from the joy of Mary and Joseph as they welcomed their baby, to the joy of the shepherds and magi as they came and celebrated the birth of Jesus.

There is something very human and ordinary about this event. Who has not been overwhelmed with joy at seeing a new born baby? I recall when I first saw and held my children and grandchildren it was a very emotional and joyous occasion, one which I will never forget.

Joy, the very word brings a lightness of being, as we humans become open to welcoming moments of celebration. Being joyful along with laughter does something very powerful in our brains. They release endorphins which in turn produce an increased sense of inner well being and positive feeling about life, others and our – selves.

Joy offers an antidote for the negative energy we find ourselves being confronted with at various times on our journey.

There is so much happening in Advent and Christmas, which offer opportunities to fling open the stable door of our heart and be joyful.

A question that is helpful to ask is: what can I be joyful for today?

Enjoy being Joyful†

I leave you with these four lines from W. H Auden:

In the deserts of the heart

Let the healing fountains start,

In the prison of his days

Teach the free man how to praise.

†In Memory of W.B. Yeats

†Meanwhile peace and joy