Luke 3: 17-18
Philippians 4: 4-7
I feel like each of my teachings begins with the saga of how I got to this point. But, in this case, I do feel it is relevant to my message.
When David Dorsey gave me the choice of several Sundays to bring the teaching and I picked this Sunday in December, I did so without first looking at the lectionary or stopping to think which of the Advent Sundays it was. I was excited once I realized that it was the "joy" Sunday, as I often feel joy. How hard could it be to talk about something with which one is familiar, right?
Wrong. As I began to think more about joy in the context of this community and the state of the world, I realized how problematic it is to try and tackle this subject even in the midst of a holiday season that is supposed to be all about "joy". As I thought about the emotion of joy, I realized that the factors allowing me to feel joy are fairly unique and that others have a much more difficult time finding or feeling joy. I realized that my ability to frequently feel joyful was due to two things: