Making Room for Joy

By Sister Ruth Ann Haunz, OSU

It’s Christmas, and I love the season.

I want to write about “Joy to the World” and “Deck the Halls” and “Silent Night;” however, I am blocked! I want to experience the joy, decorate not only the halls but every room, and encounter the peace of silent nights.

Joy to the world—I look at the news and I hear national leaders calling others childish names; accounts of senseless mass shootings; people fleeing from their homelands because of ethnic or religious purging. Joy to the World?

Deck the Halls—I watch devastating fires, crippling rain or snow storms; bombed out shelters (homes) with no walls to Deck.

Silent Night—I feel the chaos and noise of consumerism, frantic purchasing, and blaring clamor seeking my attention. Silent Night?

I seep into the cliché, “the reason for the season,” and my blocks get whittling attention. I am gently touched by a larger spirit of the Christ presence in our imperfect world. I make room for the joy, and the decked rooms, and the sweet silence of presence in my heart. Thank you, Jesus.

Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,

which means “God is with us.”
MT 1:23

2 thoughts on “Making Room for Joy

  1. Ruth Ann, Thank you for yours calling us to know the true reality of the season. It’s so easy to forget why we do what we do


    On Tue, Dec 24, 2019, 2:00 AM Reflections from the Ursuline Sisters of Louisvil


  2. Ruth Ann. Thank you for your Christmas Reflection. May every one of our sisters and brothers be blessed in many ways in this beautiful season!


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