Encouragement for the Journey 6 December 2015

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Encouragement for the Journey 6 December 2015

Encouragement for the Journey

Advent

Greetings Fellow Traveller,

Today is the second 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. We must not forget that a baby’s birth comes with pain for the mother; followed by moments of wonder, joy and delight at the birth of her child. 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. When we experience joy, endorphins are released in the brain, which in turn produces 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, unfortunately, this also occurs at Advent and Christmas, the season of peace and good will to all peoples.

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 and thankful for today?

 Enjoy being Joyful

Meanwhile peace and joy

Alf