If you were at Holy Comforter this past Sunday, you would have heard me speak about the pink candle in the Advent wreath. It represents “joy.” To feel joyful is to feel great delight, to be glad. I also said that I think of joy as an inherent sense of knowing and feeling that God is near, and creating something new and wonderful, and invites us to enter in and be part of the experience. Our readings for the day from Isaiah, Luke (the Magnificat) and Matthew all spoke to the joy of knowing how God loves and cares for God’s people.
I had that joyful God experience this past Wednesday at the Christmas party hosted by Holy Comforter for 40+ developmentally disabled adults and their 11 counselors, who are associated with North Metro Community Services. After arriving in Maglaras Hall, the group joined in the singing of their favorite Christmas songs, with much dancing, laughter and clapping. They had lunch of pizza, salad, cookies, ice cream, and lemonade. Then Santa Claus, and his able elf helper, arrived to hand out presents and candy canes to each one of our guests. The expressions on the faces of our guests clearly showed their feelings of sheer delight and joy.
It could have happened only through the willingness of many folks at Holy Comforter to help to make the party possible – by bringing presents as well as cookies, ice cream and salad, by providing music, and by taking the time to set up, serve and clean up the hall afterwards. Thank you all for being part of this joyful experience. God entered in, invited us to participate, and in doing so, created a sacred space of love, warmth and joy for our vulnerable brothers and sisters. God, indeed, loves and cares for God’s people. I think our dear sister, Jeanne Butz, would have been most pleased.
Blessings, Deacon Linda