Let us all rejoice in
the Lord and keep festival in honor of the Peters and Pauls and Andrews, the Benedicts and Francises, the Scholasticas and Clares, the Peter Clavers and the Roses, the Dorothy Days and Thomas Mertons, the Mother Teresas and Katharine Drexels, the martyrs and confessors in our midst.
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 -
WILT Thou not revive us again: that Thy people may rejoice in
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.
Make a conscious effort and choose to rejoice in
the midst of every circumstance - good or bad.
Every day we can rejoice in
the Christmas story, the Easter story, and the coming of the Holy Spirit.