What we notice about the 3rd Sunday of Advent is the color “rose” which is a symbol for joy. The idea is that we are anticipating the celebration of the birth of Christ by remembering the promises of God. God keeps his promises and we are filled with joy. This time of year is challenge for those that are hurting. We see happy people and force a smile to fit in but feel miserable. We can fake happiness but we cannot fake joy.
Leaning how to let go of past hurts is how Jesus brings healing to those who are suffering. Jesus promises he will save us and it is up to us to let go of the past. When we feel the same way we did at the time we were hurt, that is a problem. Hanging on to hurt feelings does no better then stuffing them down and away. Those feeling are not gone and they will rob us from the authentic joy of this season. Jesus promises to forgive. We must forgive in return and accept forgiveness from others. Try it, and you will not need to force a smile. A great relief fills us and we are grateful for our savor. We will know joy!
Sincerely in Christ,
Very Reverend Andrew Kemberling, V.F.