today we light the third candle in the wreath,
and meditate on a short,
one-syllable occupation,
that of joy,

in the midst of tragic news
deaths of little ones,
countries at war,
famine and excess
injustices too numerous to list,
wholeheartedly I seek thee -

in the humdrum of everyday
you show yourself simply,
embracing us,
a beatitude that does not fade

and that promise of His,
that My joy may be in you, 
and that your joy may be complete...