Sometimes joy is what happens when we pay attention to God’s movement in the world. Other times, it’s what we choose in the face of trial, fear, confusion and even injustice. Along with these, another aspect of the mystery of joy is how it fuels us in the same way it fueled Jesus.
It’s easy to associate joy with the Christmas season. The uplifting music, sparkling decorations, and remembrance of Christ coming to earth to make “tidings of great joy.” Yet, during this Advent season, I have reflected on this year and am reminded of the many times the weight of life has been too much, and how often this year that I have felt empty and alone with feelings of joy far from me.
Christmas is a season of joy, selflessness, and community. It is a time when we collectively realize that Emmanuel is here to liberate and save us. These themes are most evident in the songs we sing this time of year, making our Christmas bonus playlist ripe with celebration, hope, calls for peace, and openness. Enjoy with family and friends, let it be a soundtrack of glad tidings this holiday season.