Let us all rejoice in
the Lord and keep festival in honor of those who gave their lives for others, who taught us the wonders of life through their brave struggle to live, who died for the cause of justice, who left no other mark on the world than their love of God in their love for others.
Now is the time for Christians to rejoice, since Scripture says that we should rejoice in
our sufferings, knowing that suffering trains us to endure with patience, patient endurance makes us pleasing to God, and being pleasing to God gives us ground for a hope that will not be disappointed.
He found reason to rejoice in
quoting the Word as he walked to and from the Temple, fingering the knots on his prayer shawl--the tallit-- each not recalling a particular law.
But, surely, we ought to resist disordered inclinations, not celebrate and rejoice in
You have made their gladness greater, you have made their joy increase; they rejoice in
your presence as people rejoice at harvest time [Isaiah 9:1-2].
He said love does not rejoice in
wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.
Break - heart, in your madness - rejoice in
nothing that is - tomorrow's the day Etheridge goes down deeper than sleep - he's gone out today like thin air - his life-force breath and spirit freed from the poor tortured body in disease will never sing again - what garbage this world is - heaped up plastic-circuit lies and foam-rubber elastics stinking like deaths that can not be without what you sing - Mississippi blues and mosquito rivers run and carry you miles like the speaking drum mantra of flesh - bone - skin - tones -
Make a conscious effort and choose to rejoice in
the midst of every circumstance - good or bad.
11am Choral Eucharist, Introit: Carol of the Advent -- Velu, Hymns -- The saviour will come, Missa Papae Marcelli -- Palestrina, Magnificat -- Andrew Carter (Wakefield Service) Rejoice in
the Lord -- anon.
Our Lord has revealed it, the Church teaches it, the entire heavenly court lives it, and I rejoice in
loving gratitude and will (hopefully) forever honour it.
It's difficult to rejoice in
the goodness when we also see the glitches, in the apple when we can't overlook the worm, but rejoice we can.
Every day we can rejoice in
the Christmas story, the Easter story, and the coming of the Holy Spirit.