In these darkening days,
we pray that you would ignite joy
in our hearts and world.
We know that this season
isn’t always joyful,
but we pray that we might
find joy in simple ways -
Joy in a glimpse of a red cardinal,
Joy in fresh air in our lungs,
Joy in the sweet taste of chocolate,
Joy in a candle’s light in the window,
Joy in reading a book with a child,
Joy in the sun breaking through the clouds,
Joy in the warmth of a cat on your lap,
Joy in steam swirling from a cup of tea,
Joy in snowflakes falling from the sky,
Joy in time with friends,
Joy in finding tiny tracks in the snow,
Joy in the scent of cinnamon,
Joy in a silent night sky,
Joy in awakening to greet a new day.
May each moment of joy
be a reminder of your presence
and of the sacred beauty of
your incarnation in our world.
- Wendy Janzen
Reflections, poetry, prayers, photos, and resources written by Wendy Janzen unless otherwise noted.