Day 26 of Advent
Thursday in the 4th week of Advent
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Leaping for Joy! How often do we leap for Joy? How often do we leap at all? For those of us who have rounded the corner of middle-age, leaping itself may seem to be only in our past. However, this portion of Luke's story of Jesus birth is quite telling. The child of Elizabeth, the child who would become John the Baptist, recognizes his cousin from the womb, recognizes Jesus, recognizes God with us, Emmanuel. The child of Elizabeth leaps with joy! And what of us, are we open to the Joy that is constantly breaking into the midst of our world? Are we open to the Joy that is breaking into the dark and dismal days of our lives? Are we open to the Joy that even comes in the midst of disappointment and desolation?
The Joy that God provides is a deeper Joy than even the womb of our imagination can contain. The Joy that God provides. The gift of God's Joy is beyond our thinking, our dreaming, and our understanding. We may not think that we will leap for joy like we once could, but the Joy that God provides is that which lifts us beyond our dreams, even in the midst of this world, God's Word become realized in our world, as Joy that cannot be contained by the womb of our imagination.
Luke 1:39-56 (NRSV)
39 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary¹s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42and exclaimed with a loud cry, Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? 44For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy.