“[J]oy is the most vulnerable emotion we feel. And that’s saying something, given that I study fear and shame. When we feel joy, it is a place of incredible vulnerability—it’s beauty and fragility and deep gratitude and impermanence all wrapped up in one experience. When we can’t tolerate that level of vulnerability, joy actually becomes foreboding, and we immediately move to self-protection. It’s as if we grab vulnerability by the shoulders and say, ‘You will not catch me off guard. You will not sucker-punch me with pain. I will be prepared and ready for you.’” ― Brené Brown, Dare to Lead Have you ever experienced this “foreboding joy”, as Dr. Brené Brown calls it? When it feels impossible to actually experience the joy because you are just waiting for that moment of disappointment, when the other shoe drops, and you just *knew* you couldn’t trust it? How might this third week of Advent be an opportunity to lean in (anyway) to the vulnerability of joy, for you? To let this season of welcoming Jesus in (all over again) invite you into the joy of God's heart? Without the usual self-protection, because it's utterly safe there in God's arms...even to experience joy.

Posted by Jamie Bonilla at 2020-12-15 15:17:38 UTC