Advent Day 2: Rejoice!

“My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,” sings Mary. (Luke 1:46-47)

Now when I think of rejoicing in God, I think of it in more formal terms.  You know—like a large choir and trumpets.  Or the quiet, profound rejoicing of communion.  Or maybe an occasional celebratory standing ovation.  “Rejoicing in God” seems like such a serious, beautiful, orchestrated kind of joy with heavenly hosts and all…

…until last week when I received a video from my son and daughter-in-law.  My granddaughter is laughing at her daddy making funny noises.

So what if our rejoicing in God was more like her earthly belly laugh?  What if we were so absolutely enthralled and delighted by what God is doing to save us and the world that, with inhibitions gone, we just can’t hold still or be quiet, but have to roar with laughter? We even have to gasp for air!

Mary and Elizabeth’s rejoicing the day when they first saw each other pregnant and told stories of what crazy thing God was doing—well, honestly, I suspect it was more of the belly-laugh kind.

So can we rejoice, yes, rejoice, in what we see God is doing?!
(Posted by Elaine with the help of Jon…)