This week the Advent candle is for joy. I loved the bible verse for joy this week. It was when Mary visited Elizabeth.
During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled."
I find that verse endearing. I used to be a RN and I worked in the newborn nursery. Infants will have this reaction called a startle reflex. It is actually something that is assessed in newborns with their initial examination.
Anyway, like Elizabeth; one time I am doing the dishes and I am pregnant with my youngest son, I look up and catch my oldest son doing something (I can't even remember now?) and I yelled at him very loudly. My youngest son in my womb had the startle reflex and I felt it. It was sweet, even though I was sorry I scared him. It meant not only could I tell he could hear, he was also neurologically healthy to have that reflex. A sweet reminder of the joy of the goodness of the Lord.
Have a blessed week!