Dear Members and Friends of Coastal Virginia Unitarian Universalists:
May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of Joy.
This Sunday in worship we will light our third Advent candle, this one for joy. We might think of joy as a trivial thing, something children experience, something that comes to us only occasionally in our lives as serious-minded adults. And yet joy, like gratitude or peace, can be a practice that we cultivate. Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hahn says, “sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile is the source of your joy.” We can summon joy by acting joyful. And yet in this season of joy and peace, there are many who suffer, who mourn, who do not feel joyful, and we welcome those who are sad or grieving into this community of light and love. This Thursday evening at 7:30, we will gather for a quiet service of memory and healing. We will share readings, a song or two, and quiet reflection. Join us in the large conference room on the second floor.
I traveled home to Massachusetts for Thanksgiving, and Dale will be coming here for Christmas! She will arrive in time for our Christmas Eve services and hopes to meet many of you while she is here. Callie will be overjoyed to have both her moms in one place where she can keep an eye on us.
As you rush about making preparations for the winter holidays, remember joy.
Peace and love to you all,
The Reverend Justine Sullivan
Interim Minister, Coastal Virginia Unitarian Universalists