If you are a church going person then you may have been reminded that today is the start of week 3 of the Advent season. If you are unfamiliar with the christian liturgical year, there may be some confusion surrounding the meaning of the Advent season. A quick overview: many know that the Advent season focuses on expectation and think that it serves as an anticipation of Christ’s birth in the season leading up to Christmas.  The candles that you light focus on one of the four virtues Jesus brings us: Hope, Love, Joy and Peace. This is the start of the 3rd week and you would light the 3rd candle representing joy.

One of my favorite bands is Page CXVI. My wife introduced me to them when we were dating. The band mainly focuses on “re-tuning” hymns. Instead of playing them with an old pipe organ, they use a more modern musical arrangement and even sometimes change the melody or musical arrangement. I would highly encourage you to check them out. But one song that they do always kind of confused me.

The song that we might all know as a kid is usually sung all happy and excited. But Page CXVI sings it in a minor key and almost as a sad song. It just seemed like such a juxtaposition to me. But I got to see the lead singer of the band lead worship at a church in Houston last night and afterwords I got to ask her about it. She mentioned that a lot of times we confuse “joy” with “happiness” and she referred me to a blog post she had written about this song specifically. You can read it here.

She sums up her blog post with this sentiment:

“I now know that you can experience grief and joy simultaneously…and if
not, that joy can and will come if you allow it to.”
-Latifah Phillips

A lot of times we are not going to be happy. Things in our lives are going to suck and we are going to be unhappy. But as believers, that does not change the hope and joy that we have in Jesus. Remember that as we go into week 3 of Advent.


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