Monday, December 16, 2013
Make a Joyful Noise -- 3rd Pause in Advent
And it was a lovely service and meaningful to those who attended. We had many visitors. The dinner was delicious, even though it seemed every church lady must've thought, "I'd better take meat! What if nobody brings meat? I'll cook a roast!" It was a man's covered-dish, sure enough.
The church kitchen afterward is always a bit of a disaster, and Adam and I were technically in charge of the set up and clean up. But as usual, church ladies gathered in the kitchen, bustling around with sponges and dishes and cloths, and before you know it, poof!! The kitchen is sparkling.
And that's when my favorite moment of the evening occurred. One church lady (Martha) just spontaneously burst into song in the kitchen while she was drying a plate. Her face was suddenly alight, and she opened her mouth, and sang "O Come, All Ye Faithful," and we joined in. We sang carol after carol as the eaters sopped up their plates and the desserts disappeared, and the pots and pans were brought in for washing. It was a joy! I loved glancing around at Joyce, Linda, Martha, and others, singing lustily and happily, who would never dream of joining a choir, who don't sing that loudly in the sanctuary! I wiped a table down, bending over the crumbs and smiling as I sang with them.
Sometimes the best moments of Advent are unscripted. They occur when the joyful heart is overcome with wonder and love, and it bursts into song, unasked. Thank you, church ladies. It was some of the nicest music of the evening. I'm hoping for more joyful, unexpected moments this Advent.
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