The Joy of Advent: Day Seven
“Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’? Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”
Few phrases give me such hope as “your joy will be complete.” It sounds so… full, and in a season where we are trying to find joy in our everyday, there is this knowledge that our joy will always be lacking something, that it will always be temporary or fleeting. I love that Jesus uses the analogy of a woman giving birth, of the agony and pain of the process disappears because of the joy of bringing a child into the world.
I especially love that Jesus used this analogy because of the season we are in. In the midst of 400 years of not hearing from God, in a time when God’s people were mourning their lives as the world rejoiced around them, their mourning turned to joy in the form of a baby, in the form of a woman giving birth to a son, who would answer everything and who would restore joy through a life of grace, peace and forgiveness.
Today, may your joy be restored, may we remember that though we wait, though we mourn, there will come a time when our joy will be made complete. So be it.