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Joy-Filled List

Joy-Filled List

A list of things that bring joy – 

The warmth of the sun

The way frost glistens in the morning light

Sitting by the Christmas tree 

Watching light dance on the walls

Reaching out to a friend

Writing Christmas cards

Making a meal for a neighbor

Sharing thanks for health care workers

Reading a well-loved bible story

Praying with children

Reading books out loud

Finding a moment to take a deep breath

A well-curated music list

Hot coffee in the morning hours

Homemade cookies fresh from the oven

The smiles of children

Teachers showing up day after day to share love and learning

Phone calls and zoom meetings to connect

A walk around town

God’s abiding presence

The anticipation of Jesus’ birth


During this third week of Advent, what’s bringing you joy? And where can you share joy with others? 

Kimberly Knowle-Zeller is an ordained ELCA pastor, mother of two, and spouse of an ELCA pastor. She lives with her family in Cole Camp, MO. You can read more at her website, follow her work on Facebook, or sign up for her monthly newsletter

Photo Credit:

 Elena Mozhvilo



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John Campbell

The light glistening off freshly fallen snow, sparkling like diamonds.

Lexi Grant

Cats purring, a dog’s wagging tail. Snow on mountains and a hooky moment meeting G-d on a ski slope.

Lexi Grant

HOLY, not hooky. Argh intuitive type😖 changes the word you pick to one you didn’t

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