The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song.Psalm 28:7
Advent is supposed to be the most joyous time of the year. We certainly do produce a “look” of joy with all our bright lights, gift giving and carols. Still, the month of December for many is the most depressing time of the year. Many fret about decorating and shopping and what will happen at this year’s family gathering. For others, Christmas only brings to mind pain from the past. 2016 may have marked the loss of a parent, a spouse, a child, or a dear friend, and now it is hard to feel joyful.
This Advent, let the unstoppable joy of Jesus work its way into your holiday planning, into your parties, and even into your painful memories. Hang up a sign in your heart: “No joy stealers allowed.” Even in the sadness and loss that is reality for you, express your joy by praising the Lord for the gift of His son Jesus who once told His followers, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). At a time when the world seems to be making merry, Jesus gives life and joy to those overcome by grief.
The surface joy will wear off come January… let the unstoppable, true joy of Jesus fill your heart always.