Bring Some Joy to the World


Brian Mateer

iStock_000001278655_ExtraSmallJust like many other churches around the world our church is in the midst of celebrating the season of Advent.  Advent is the time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus.  Our church tradition includes an advent wreath where one candle is lit on each of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas that signifies something different.  The culmination of Advent occurs on Christmas Eve where a 5th and center candle called the Christ candle is lit.

Last Sunday was the third Sunday of Advent and a rose colored candle was lit.  This is the candle that signifies joy.  The scripture reading was focused around angels announcing to the shepherds about the birth of Jesus.  “But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. “Luke 2:10

As I have reflected on joy over the past couple of days I am reminded of children I met in Zimbabwe on a vision trip with the 30 Hour Famine team.  Smiles of children in schools, with opportunities and food in their bellies are images that I will never forget.  This joy made possible by teenagers they have never met living thousands of miles away.

Sign your students up for the 30 Hour Famine and participate in bringing some joy to the world.

Do the Famine!