Saturday, Third Week of Advent

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
—Colossians 3:15

The Simple Gift of Joy

Joy is the true gift of Christmas. We can communicate this joy simply: with a smile, a kind gesture, a little help, forgiveness. And the joy we give will certainly come back to us during this advent season.

Advent prepares us for the coming of Christ our Lord, the Prince of Peace. As we reflect, we realize what truly matters and that the simplest of life’s treasures can bring us the most joy.

For me, it’s being at the church I grew up attending on Christmas Eve. The beauty of the alter decked with poinsettias from floor to ceiling, evergreen trees with white and blue lights, and a gorgeous manger scene coupled with the sounds of the choir, the smell of the incense, and the words from our priest that take us on a journey back to the most holy night that ever was, brings me such joy and warms my heart. By closing your eyes and absorbing the beauty that is the story of our Savior’s birth, you allow yourself to escape for just a short while and experience joy in its purest form. The words, “Come and behold him, born the King of Angels—Oh come let us adore him, Christ the Lord,” invite us to experience such joy and remind us to be grateful for peace on earth and good will towards all.

May this Advent season be a time for bringing hope, transformation and fulfillment into the Advent of our lives and remind us to share the simple joys of life with those we cherish most.

—Noelle Niznik
Assistant Director of Student Engagement & Leadership