Joy is Doubled When Shared


The Advent journey is not a solo venture. Prayer lifts you out of the silence and reaches to the other prayers that are united with yours. Wherever two or more are gathered praying, there is great power. This week we pray for joy and that joy is doubled when shared.

Today I heard on the radio that my province gives more than any other province in the country. I live with the most generous people in Canada. In a seemingly unrelated news story in a different newscast, a study showed that giving is better than receiving. Giving reduces stress and increases joy.  I would add that joy is doubled when shared because of gratitude. We receive so many blessings in our lives and often we do not see God’s hand moving gently.  We watch and wait during Advent. Keep your eyes on Joy. Share the blessing. Double the fun. Have you participated in any Christmas miracles yet? There is still time to buy socks for the homeless, visit a lonely soul, or volunteer to serve a turkey meal. Seek the Christ child in someone this season.



About sstyves

A Canadian prairie girl rooted in Ignatian spirituality, I seek God in all things. Whether I catch a glimpse of the Divine and delight in its presence in nature or in the beauty of an encounter with someone, I am ever so grateful that I can recognize the Creator. I greet each new day with hope and happiness, expecting blessings and miracles because I am created to praise, love and serve God. This blog is one way of realizing that through my writings, prayers, and photography. To God be the Glory!
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