Read John 1:6-8

Think about a time or a situation when things were dark. This could mean things were literally dark – in the middle of the night when a noise scares us, for instance. Or it could be we felt darkness, such as times when we are frightened and feel alone and hopeless. Talk together about a time of darkness.

Now remember how it feels to have light – either physically experiencing light that breaks apart the darkness or feeling comforted and joyful because our feelings of darkness have ended.

How would you describe those feelings?

Is joy a word that you would use at this time?

Who in our world need God’s joy?

What are our hopes for joy in our world today?

How do we help others know that God gives joy?