This time of year can be bittersweet for many people. Whether it is experiencing Christmas without children at home or having expectations too high to be met, people face the season with depression and stress and unfilled ideals of what it should be.
Regardless of our situation we can make the choice to rise above and to have the JOY that Christ was born to bring. In his birth and through his death, He offers to those who believe a heart of JOY.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great JOY for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. Luke 2:10
Whatever is leaving you feeling without hope and joy and peace this season, hand over to God. He promises:
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
Let His JOY be your strength as you go through this next week and into the New Year. It's a decision that only you can make as to whether you will choose JOY or not. He died to bring it to you. Accept it.
JOY TO THE WORLD, THE LORD IS COME! LET EARTH RECEIVE HER KING!!