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    Art of Joy

    The man blind from birth knows already that he believe. in stages. by acting on it. in different ways and by different means than the development of faith we’ve seen in the Royal Official, the paralytic, the Samaritan Woman, and the Centurion. No one’s faith development and pace are identical. The Pharisees are so encrusted with envy, the need for power, the need for recognition, the need to be right, be worshiped, that they cannot see goodness. They don’t even try. This man who was blind from birth can now see, for heaven’s sake! Why isn’t anybody rejoicing?! They are absolutely not choosing to notice the beauty of healing, of…

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    Members of Joy

    Joy is an orientation, a disposition of awe and wonder. The joy foretold by Isaiah is not necessarily a conjuring of an elated feeling, mustering excitement about life when nothing in life seems to be going right, worth celebrating. The joy foretold by Isaiah is that those who did not have full use of their body – can now see, jump up and down, sing…. All will be made right. There will be joy because not even fools will make unhealthy, unproductive choices; and we will sing together – and everyone will be happy about the music choices! Jesus is why these things are being made right, even now. And…

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    Joy Juxtaposed

    The poet, Mary Oliver, wrote: “If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it…life has some possibility left… Joy is not made to be a crumb.” Mary Oliver Of the four promises of God we live into during Advent, I believe joy is the most difficult. After reading a book on the subject of joy, Girl-talk God-talk leader, Renee, began signing her notes and emails with that very phrase. Indeed, she looks for joy in nearly everything. Paul commands us to rejoice always – and if that’s not enough, he says “again, I say, rejoice!” Still, when I have a sense of being overjoyed by something…