I’ve had a very long day today, but I am determined to share my thoughts before turning in for the night.
Today, as Advent began, I found myself contemplating the need for joy in this world. This is especially true during the Christmas season when happiness and contentment seem to be short in supply.
Why is joy so elusive this time of year? Why are we so unhappy?
I think many of us feel battered about, and are constantly running a day behind long before the holiday season arrives. We become so preoccupied with making everyone around us happy, that we forget to look for joy ourselves!
Sometimes joy can be found in the most unusual places, and often when we are not expecting to find it at all . . .
When Jesus was born, an angel appeared and told the shepherds about the birth of a Savior. The shepherds had been tending their flocks, and keeping watch over their sheep at night. It had been a day like any other, and they certainly were not expecting this life-changing news.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.
Jesus’ birth brought joy to all people . . . even lowly shepherds. And not just a little joy, but great joy! This was news to celebrate, so the shepherds hurried on their way to see this child for themselves.
We need this same joy today!
What if we each kept a “joy journal” this coming week, and wrote down all the ways — both large and small — that we experience joy? My guess is that we will be amazed with all the places we discover joy when we truly begin to seek it. And if we don’t find it, let’s create it for someone else!
Have a joy-filled week!