The third Sunday of Advent signifies joy and reminds us of the angel's good news told to the shepherds. Take time today to light the third Advent candle. Imagine yourself on the hillside where the joyous announcement was made by a sky-full of angels. Joy is possible even in the midst of hardship and discouragement. As you watch for joy in the world around you during this season, surrender the pain and fear in your life and ask God to fill you with the gift of His joy. What brings you the most joy at Christmas? What keeps you from experiencing joy?
"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18