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The third advent wreath candle (the pink one) traditionally stands for joy. In the context of the Christmas story, we think of the joy of the shepherds as they are confronted with a heavenly host telling them about the Good News of the Savior who has just been born. Their response is the cry of all creation, rejoicing that the Messiah is here, that God has remembered his promises to his people.
As I reflect back on 2016, as a church we experienced a lot of waiting. Waiting for the selection of our new rector, and once that happened, waiting for his visa to go through. Through it all, God was teaching us patience and trust. But while we waited, it was clear that God was continuing to move in our midst. Even in a season of waiting, it is still important to remember that God is in our midst and the source of our joy.
Here in Student Ministry, joy is a word that you often see lived out. Whether it is through discovering a new friendship, learning something about God, or serving their neighbor, the students that I teach and serve are full of this joy. It is a joy that can only come from God, a joy from knowing that we are loved deeply by our Heavenly Father.
But that joy doesn't stop with us. It's contagious. Like the shepherds and the angels, we are heralds of God's joy. As we approach this Christmas season, I pray that we would all keep that in mind, that the joy of God would be a deep well that we draw upon regularly. Blessings on your families and we hope to see you both on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, rejoicing and praising God together.
The Rev. Taylor IshiiYoung Adult Ministry
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