“When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, then were we like those who dream,” writes the Psalmist. What do you dream about? What carries your mind when you imagine better days? What is it that you begin to hope for when you turn your attention to a possible future joy?
On this Third Sunday of Advent, that is where we turn: to joy. We can feel it in the air around us, of course. Children anxiously waiting for Christmas. Carols playing round the clock on the radio. Homes filled with the scents of pine and baking. We drive around after dark—that is after 4:30pm—we see lights on trees and candles in windows. We receive cards with updates and pictures of family and friends, and we mark the days to Christmas as we the anticipation of joy builds.