Ashes are just Garlands in the Making

My Disclaimer for preaching this morning begins with the fact that we’ve already met up with John the Baptist this Advent Season. So, I’m not going to reference the reading from John much today. I will say at the outset though that there is one particular point of intersection between the Gospel and the lesson. Both turn around the notion of light conquering the darkness and gloom that we encounter in life and in human existence. Today, we can think of that light in terms of an emotional light … to be specific lightheartedness. Both readings point to the lightheartedness that we typically describe as the emotion joy. Joy is our theme for today.

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