Joy to the world! The Lord is come: let earth receive her king;
Let every heart prepare him room, and heaven and nature sing.
With “Joy to the world” in our hearts and minds, I invite you to join me in looking each of these twelve days for instances of the joy that runs through all of creation, especially through experiencing the beauty and wonder of God’s world.
The prayer garden at St. Stephen’s hasn’t been used since the cold weather came in. The fountain is drained and covered for winter, and snow has blown in and covered the space.
More accurately, though, we might say that humans haven’t used the prayer garden since the cold weather came in. Obviously there’s been a visitor who came in through or over the gate, walked the length of the courtyard, and then left. It may have been a cat sheltering in the corner from chilly winds, looking for something to eat, or simply sensing that this was a safe place. There’s joy in knowing that we are not alone, and that other creatures share this space that we have set aside to help bring us closer to God.
Joy to the world! The Savior reigns; let us our songs employ, while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains, repeat the sounding joy.