call to joy

we’re supposed to expect deep, deep joy
in and through this season of advent
we know
yet the deepest truth is
our lives are profoundly marked
by griefs and sorrows,
regrets, losses, and disappointments
it’s almost impossible to claim joy when
it does seem
so disrespectful or dismissive of circumstance
and we’re not, honestly,
hearing angels singing
seeing heavenly host in bright array
yet the transformative truth of the mystery of God with us
invites us to open eyes and ears until we are
seeing heavenly host in bright array
hearing angels singing
and we’re not, honestly,
so disrespectful or dismissive of circumstance
it does seem
it’s almost impossible to claim joy when
our lives are profoundly marked
by griefs and sorrows,
regrets, losses, and disappointments
yet the deepest truth is
we know
in and through this season of advent
we’re supposed to expect deep, deep joy

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