“Leap for Joy”

Our Advent Devotion for Sunday, December 12, comes to us from The Fullness of Time by Henri J.M. Nouwen

For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. Luke 1:44 NIV


“Jesus always promises joy. … Joy is a free leaping toward the unexpected,

a lifting up of what is new, a reaching out to heaven in hope, a touching of

the Kingdom, an expectant tiptoeing.”

Peacework, pages 79-80, by Henri J.M. Nouwen

“Leap for Joy”

The third Sunday of Advent is a day of joy. Today is traditionally known as Gaudete (Latin for “joy”) Sunday. We light the pink- or rose-colored candle on our Advent wreaths as a sign that we are closer to our goal: the celebration of the birth of Christ

Jesus is our joy – not because he solves all of our problems or eradicates everything that pains our world – but because he joins us here and then promises to be with us always. With joy we reach with him toward heaven, we touch God’s kingdom, we leap toward the unexpected and extraordinary. Today is a joyful day. Jesus is coming soon!


Friends –

John, who would be The Baptist, recognized Jesus as the Christ even before either of them was born. Like John, we are called to joyously recognize this Christ child and leap for joy. Our leaping can become our sharing of this joyous gift with those who surround us, especially in this season.


Lord Jesus Christ, you are the source of our joy. As an infant, you reminded us that God is gentle and loves what is small. As a man on this earth, you reminded us that God is calling us to follow you, no matter what the cost. Help us to be small, help us to follow. This is our joy. Amen.

Henri J.M. Nouwen