Advent 2006 - A Great Joy for All People
I found the following comment online. It's by Jeff Neuman-Lee, pastor of an Iowa Church of the Brethern community. Note the way Jeff perceives joy in the warp and woof of the fabric of life--including anger and grief.
"Joy rises above all other emotion, even anger and sadness. It can be present anywhere and everywhere. Even in great anger over great injustice there is the joy that God's Realm is before us, demonstrating what is just and unjust, and that Christ's Spirit is within us giving us courage to witness – utilizing the energy our anger gives us – to bring Christ’s good against evil. Even in great sadness over tremendous loss is the joy that God's love is eternal and that God's Spirit shall resurrect even the dead, that we might share God's everlasting community..."
"Joy comes with the knowledge of Jesus Christ, the presence of his Spirit in our midst. It is a great gift for this life, now."
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