Lament and Lego Parades

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December 24, 2011

Sitting with the sadness. The third advent's theme was "Sadness Changes to Gladness." The part that is so hard to swallow, though, is that "changing to gladness" doesn't necessarily mean the sadness goes away. In fact, there are so many reasons to lament and be sad. Broken relationships, war, poverty, destruction of creation, unhealthy patterns of consumption, greed, and violence invade every aspect of our lives in one way or another.

Worship on the third Sunday of Advent led us to share some of the sadness we experience, see around us, and hear of going on in the world. We shared our thoughts and concerns. We sat with the discomfort. 
 
Yet we have hope. 
 
In worship, we sang together, our voices declaring the hope even in our lament. We read scripture together, retelling the words of promise and encouragement that keep us going in all that we experience. And we laughed and played during the service, joining together to fasten lego pieces into a vision of the gladness we experience - a colourful parade of characters and constructions showing how our togetherness creates a new space for holding both sadness and gladness.
 
Our hope is in the one who comes in the midst of it all, remains with us through the sadness, and invites us to remain in community with one another. This is our sadness changed into gladness. 
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