We’re another week closer to Christmas, a week closer to the celebration of Jesus’ birth. It amazes me every year as we get around this time that we have the blessing of celebrating Christmas another year. It’s truly a gift, a joy, that not everyone can celebrate in the way that we do in the USA, with freedom to share our excitement and gather together.
There are a lot of emotions that we associate with the original Christmas story as well as our Christmases today, from joy and tenderness to pain and fear, but it’s joy that is most remembered with this celebration. As I was reading my devotions this week I was reminded that not only are we to count it all joy, but that we are to be full of joy in the Lord. Joy isn’t something we can attain as humans, it needs God’s involvement, which is exactly what God did that first Christmas: He got involved.
Christmas is a time for us to celebrate with our families, but it’s also a time that we can use to help out in the community. As a church, as a family, as a town we can help support the soldiers, donate food and time to help the homeless and be a little kinder to those we interact with. How will you get involved this Christmas season?
“Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!” Luke 1:46-47a