Here we are; the week of Christmas. It seems impossible that this time is upon us so quickly. As Christmas comes, our hearts are filled with thoughts of family and friends, some living and some who have passed. Both the living and the dead bring all sorts of memories. May I encourage you to focus on thoughts that are good? You do yourself nor your family any good by dwelling on people and situations that have gone wrong. Instead, make this season a time of rejoicing in all the blessings that have come your way.
A joyful Christmas, like a joyful life, is pretty much a matter of choice. I know life has its hurts and fears but the good news of this season is that our Lord has come. Just think of it! There is a loving God who cares so much for us that He left Heaven’s glory for a lowly stable of hay and a cruel cross of wood. Such truth should lift our hearts above any of the difficulties that this life might contain. In Jesus, there is strength for today and a bright hope for tomorrow. In Jesus there is the power to overcome in any situation. The angels were right in proclaiming that through Jesus there can be peace on earth and good will toward men. This Christmas, choose to celebrate with a joyful heart because we have a loving, caring and powerful God.