Today I choose to express
In a shot glass or a demitasse
there is but a taste.
Joy served in a teacup is nice
Joy served in a mug
lasts just long enough for curiosity,
but it will only dampen the grumps
(And to be honest, it’s a bit selfish!)
But in a bucket?
There’s way too much for me to drink alone
– I’d have to share and share.
Pouring it out for others;
Looking out for those frowns and downturned mouths and turned up noses.
For Joyful presence isn’t about
Nor is it about the division of difference in
us or them.
us for them.
THAT’s good news for the poor
those who mourn.
An abundant, generous Joyful presence.
I heard it in the shopping center today: “Joy to the world”
And then I looked at the faces.
Some were smiling and content and laughing.
But too many were grumpy. Too much to do, and way too much frustration.
Written for Advent 3, 2016. Rev Nigel Hanscamp