Gaudete Sunday

Posted: December 13, 2015 in Advent, Uncategorized

rejoyceThis week is a week in the Churches year characterised by joy.  Gaudete Sunday is represented by the pick candle in our Advent wreath and our readings are filled with rejoicing and praising. When you look around the world, it can seem hard to find joy amidst the refugee crisis, the Syrian bombing, the Paris shootings and the extreme weather. Christian joy however is not rooted in the circumstances and struggles of our daily lives. Christian Joy finds its root in the relationship we now have, in and through Jesus Christ, with the Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit. We rejoice on Guadete Sunday, because the Lord is always near, He is always coming to those who have the eyes of living faith.

We can often find joy in the unexpected.  Whilst enjoying the X Factor final last night, I witnessed a moment of heaven touching earth. As part of the final, contestants sing a pre-chosen song that is subsequently released by the winner. This year’s song is Forever Young written by Bob Dylan.  As a prayer it is perfect to be used as a blessing with your classes – especially in light of this weeks theme – Achievement.

May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.

May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
And may your song always be sung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.

Have a joyful week, not just because it is the end of term, but because Christ is very near,

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