Can you believe that in two days we'll be halfway through Advent? Gaudete Sunday: pink candle on the advent wreath, rose vestments for those who have them, concerts and pageants in many congregations. Time to rejoice!
Rejoice in the nearness of Christ's coming, yes, but also in the many gifts of the pregnant waiting time when the world (in the northern hemisphere, at least) spins ever deeper into sweet, fertile darkness.
What makes you rejoice about:
Realizing that there is something worth waiting for.
That it isn't actually a thing - just the absence of light - and at some point, dawn breaks through.
The reminder when it snows that my sins have been washed whiter than snow.
That we are celebrating and preparing for Christ's coming.
5. Jesus' coming?
That He is coming back.