Daily Advent Devotional: WEEK of JOY: Day 20-Fri, Dec 17

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them … —Psalm 5:11

 What is the way to the place where the light is distributed, or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth?—Job 38:24

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Joy is fueled by the same source as hope and peace: it is fed by gratitude. As you light the three Advent candles, give thanks for the time and opportunity to reflect.  

            Re-framing each day through a lens of gratitude and appreciation is an excellent place for light to take hold. You perceive your world, your context, your life, and ideally yourself, with greater compassion and more perspective. You grow closer to connecting with those parts of your life that embody your values.

            Before you blow out the candles, give thanks for the presence of light in the world. Give thanks for the ways you find to share your own light.  — Rev Gail

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You show your humanity by how you see yourself not as apart from others but from your connection to others.—Desmond Tutu

When you show compassion, when you show caring, when you show love to others, do things for others, in a wonderful way you have a deep joy that you can get in no other way.—Dalai Lama

Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light.—Yogi Bhajan

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