Everywhere we go, we’re surrounded by the season of joy.
And yet, sometimes right in the middle of this season, we can lose our joy.
Maybe we lose it at the mall or Target. Or when we’re dealing with a difficult relative. Or it disappears when we visit a loved one in a hospital or nursing home. In times like this, it’s easy to just drop our joy on the floor and walk away.
For me, it’s been especially tough this year. My mom is spending Christmas in a nursing home after suffering a stroke. It’s been difficult not being able to share the usual preparations and conversations with her. And I’m sure there are many of you dealing with tough situations in your own life or family. Or maybe you’re facing your first Christmas without someone there.
One of the reasons Jesus came was to: “console those who mourn…give them beauty for ashes…the oil of joy for mourning…the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” (Isaiah 61:3)
God promises to pour the oil of joy into our heavy hearts. That’s one of the reasons I keep Christmas music playing 24/7. It brings me joy, even when I’m feeling overwhelmed.
Today, I just wanted to encourage you by sharing a song that overflows with joy! I believe it will cheer your heart and refocus us on the true spirit of Christmas…
* As you listen to it, imagine the oil of God’s joy pouring into your heart.
* Create a new Christmas playlist (or burn a CD) entitled Christmas Joy. Choose the songs that remind you most what Jesus’ birth means to you; and that will help you keep your joy regardless of how busy, stressed, or sad you might feel.
* Then take time to share it with a friend who needs some encouragement.
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