I smile at familiar faces, the vegetable lady, the egg lady. I walk out of the market with bags full. I walk home, breathing the unusually fresh air, crisp and chill, thankful for fuzzy warm long johns. I pass the noodle shack, savoring the spicy smell.
I step inside my home, all cozy in the glow of Christmas decor.
And then… the jack-hammer construction starts up outside my door, rattling my brain. Suddenly everyone is shouting at each other, no one can hear.
It goes on like this… for five hours.
There’s always something ready to steal joy.
There’s always reason to complain, to throw up the hands, let the heart swirl down.
And yet I wonder… I wonder if this Christmas season, if you and me, our sisterhood here, if we could band together and say “This Christmas we will find every reason to rejoice.”
That we would say, “Yes, there are jack-hammers and family far away and holiday fun we are missing out on, but I will NOT let these steal my joy. I will keep my eyes and hands open wide, ready to see, to receive all the reasons to rejoice.”
Can we do that here together? The posts this week, they will help you fight your joy-thieves.
Then I am SO excited to share at The Grove with you the story and music of one of my favorite musicians ever. She’s going to be giving away some of her gorgeous music, so you don’t want to miss it! It’s the kind of art that touches deep places, and leaves you…rejoicing.
What have been your joy-thieves lately? What has you rejoicing?
Bring your link-ups to The Grove beginning Thursday 6pm EST.