I'm just hoping that since the coming year is 2020 (get it, 20/20?), we will all be able to see more clearly. Next year's words await another voice--I hope the voice of justice will speak up and sort out the mess our world is in. Let's make 2020 the beginning of something new. Let's leave last year's words to last year's language and make 2020 the year of setting things right--even if only in our hearts. We have to start somewhere, and this is as good a place as any.
I usually think of joy as happiness that goes deeper than a good feeling you have on a day where everything goes exceptionally well. Henri Nouwen backs this up. Happiness depends on what's going on around you. Joy is knowing that you are loved without condition or restriction. Nothing can take that love from us. God is the source of that love. If you're getting a divorce or newly diagnosed with illness, you can still celebrate joy. If you're alone or you've been sick for a long time, joy is still yours for the taking. If you're sad, joy can still be how you choose to live life. As the days get shorter and Advent comes closer to its ultimate celebration, remember to look for the joy in everything you do and see.