Third Week of Advent
DELIGHT (JOY) CAN’T WAIT
KEY SCRIPTURE: Luke 1:46b-55
Mary’s Magnificat shows us deep and holy joy—joy that trusts God’s promises of restoration,
new beginnings, food for the hungry, and justice for the wronged.
What does it look like to delight in God’s goodness? How do we respond to God’s work in the world with joy? How can we be singers of joy?
• In her artist statement for the painting, “Desert Blooms,” artist Lauren Wright Pittman
describes the desert as a place “often associated with desolation, scarcity, and death, but
it’s really a place of surprising, subversive beauty—a place of meeting the divine.” What does
subversive joy look like in spaces that are scarce of hope or full of despair?
• Read Luke 1:5-66. Underline each instance in the text where fear or joy are present. Where
in the interweaving birth stories of Jesus and John the Baptist are characters filled with
surprising joy to overcome their fear?