“Shout for joy, O daughter Zion! Sing joyfully, O Israel! Be glad and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The LORD has removed the judgement against you he has turned away your enemies; the King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst, you have no further misfortune to fear. On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem: Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged! The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior; he will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love, he will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at festivals!” Zephaniah 3:14-18a
Everyday there are opportunities for those moments when we are just shouting for Joy because of something that has been a wonderful experience- some might say that God is singing. In this third week of Advent it calls us to turn our hearts and minds to find opportunities to “shout for joy” or to “rejoice.” This is a great time of year and there is a lot of time for rejoicing and m any opportunities to “shout for joy.”
It is tough to continue to be thankful and “rejoice” when there are so many things that need to be accomplished each day and there are so many stresses this time of year, both at home and work. However, it is because of the opportunity that we have to experience these things and create connections to our family and friends that we should always be in a place of gratitude for this gift.
This week as that mark that Advent is almost over, but there is still time for us to joyfully await and continue to rejoice in the continuation of God in our midst.
-so what gives you a cause to rejoice?
-how are you bringing joy to others in this season?
-“He will sing joyfully because of you.” This sentence paints a picture. What are the examples in the world about you alight say, “Listen, God is singing?”