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December 15, 2019

Delight (Joy) Can’t Wait

Passage: Luke 1:46-55

Luke 1:46-55

And Mary said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord,    and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.    Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;for the Mighty One has done great things for me,    and holy is his name.His mercy is for those who fear him    from generation to generation.He has shown strength with his arm;    he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,    and lifted up the lowly;he has filled the hungry with good things,    and sent the rich away empty.He has helped his servant Israel,    in remembrance of his mercy,according to the promise he made to our ancestors,    to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

"Delight Can’t Wait (Joy Can’t Wait)" by Sarah Are

I have seen Joy face to face.

She was dancing.

She took my arm in the crook of hers

And spun me around until I couldn’t help but laugh.

We met in the kitchen with Motown

And then again at your wedding.

And I ran into Joy in my mother’s recipe box.

Her handwriting looked like my grandmother’s.

And she smelled like our famous chocolate cake.

Once I saw Joy in the street.

She was at the parade.

There was glitter in the air

And a father hugged his son.

Joy cried happy tears.

And I have seen Joy on the loose,

Running to keep up with you as you go.

Did you know that Joy is looking for you?

I know that your heart hurts,

And that you’re not sure if you like yourself.

I know that this world is scary

And I know that love can feel fleeting.

But Joy told me to tell you—she’s at the door.

She delights in who you are.

She’s inviting you to dance.

I pray and pray you’ll let her in.

I pray, and pray, and pray.