It may seem naive,

in a world of grief,

to choose to live in joy;


It may seem foolish,

in a world where solemnity is power,

to sing and dance to a different tune;


It may seem cruel,

in a world of suffering and injustice,

to speak of light and celebration;


But you have come, Jesus,

to bring joy into our grief,

light into our darkness,

singing into our mourning;

and it is an act of healing and proclamation

to believe and embrace the joy you offer.


Joy to the world!

The Lord is come!