I think those early church leaders were on to something. They knew that life is a journey fraught with valleys and peaks. They knew that even the most faithful disciples become weak, weary, worried, and worn. They knew that being consistently faithful and constantly focused on God is hard work. And they also knew the value and importance of stepping back to rejoice in God’s goodness in community with one another. They knew that what light is to darkness, so joy is to pain.
The Advent season is in itself an invitation to come. And so come this Sunday bearing your best and brightest pink spirit; come to hear and share in joyful music and message; come seeking to put you worries and weariness on hold; and come prepared to be renewed and revived for the journey through God’s gift of joy.