December 16 - #AdventWord #Gladness
“Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.” So writes the 18th century British poet Samuel Johnson. Now, we can laugh at any number of things. But gladness, true gladness comes from a deeper place. I believe Grace can be described as the unexpected spark that kindles gladness in our heart. It’s unexpected. It’s unmerited. It’s a gift!
People who practice gratitude seem to uncover the gift of gladness more readily. Gladness seems to take up semi-permanent residence in their heart, in their steps, and in their words. I enjoy being around those who gladden the human experience – they enrich us all.
Many clergy have been ordained to the priesthood in Advent. Bishop Alexander Stewart ordained me on this day – December 16, 1978. All these years later, I continue to be joyfully humbled in thanksgiving to God and the Church for the journey of gladness.
May God fill your heart with gladness today. Please share that gladness with those you meet and those you love…and look for the unexpected sparks!
—The Reverend Bill Coyne attends St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Charleston.
As part of this effort to create a global, online advent calendar -- led by Forward Movement -- we will share a new word each day from November 28-December 25, 2021, with meditations from people around the diocese. Each day, the meditation will be accompanied by an image relating to the word of the day as well.