Practice Joy

Read Philippians 4:4-7.

Are you catching the theme of joy in this week’s readings? The third Sunday of Advent is the week we light the candle of joy. As the nights grow longer and the days grow colder, as our world seems to spin more and more out of control, it is easy to lose our joy. For some, practicing joy is as natural as breathing, but for the rest of us, it takes a bit more work.

Today, on a piece of paper, make two columns. In one column, list some of the things that rob you of joy. In the other, list those things that give you joy. Which column reflects the condition you find yourself in most often? How can this passage guide you into greater joy?

In prayer, ask God to guide your heart and mind towards joy.