2022 is officially coming to a close in a few short weeks, and we'll be ending the year, as always, celebrating the birth of our Savior and King and all the joy He brings.
"Joy to the world" is a catchy lyric, but sometimes I wonder if we fully understand its implications, especially when the world is a mess and seems to stay a mess. When we think "Christmas" we think "joyful celebration," but what happens when the season doesn't match the reality around us? Do we simply ignore the reality for a few short weeks and then just return to it in the new year, or do we lean into the mess with the joy that Jesus brings?
This month, we want our students to walk away believing that when life is hard, joy is still possible. When life is messy, joy is still available. Why? Because Jesus came to earth in a messy way. Because humanity was already a mess before Jesus came. The mess doesn't prevent the joy; it invites it and can be radically changed by it.
In our final series of the year, we're going to try and find a way to say "joy to the world anyway."