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Fifteenth day of Advent: rejoice

Yesterday, I wrapped my first Christmas present; my brother flew in from college for winter break; my family discussed plans for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; I received a package and a handmade card in the mail.

Can you feel the change? Christmas approaches.

We are more than halfway through Advent, which means our time of waiting nears an end and our expectancy attains even greater heights.

Today, on this third Sunday of Advent, the word we contemplate is: rejoice.

I’m glad that’s the word for today. I’m glad because I’m feeling festive. I’m glad because I’d rather like to splurge on egg nog and bake Christmas cookies (and then eat them all).

I’m glad because I have the pleasure and the honor of saying with Mary, “my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has been mindful.”

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