Gifts of Christmas: Joy

When I think about the best moments in my life, they have not been about physical presents and gifts. Those joy-filled moments have instead been about walking down the aisle with my new wife, holding our babies close to my chest and then watching them grow into mature young adults, and celebrating a million other highs and lows over the years.

Joy is the peace you get in your heart when you’re there for others. Joy is the calm that comes when things are at their worst, but you know deep inside that the sun will come out tomorrow, a new day will dawn, and you will overcome whatever is standing in your way.

When I think of joy, I think too of this verse: “The angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.'” –Luke 2: 10-12.

This weeks’s gift: The gift of Christmas Joy.

(Here’s a few ornaments from our crazy hodgepodge Christmas Tree. What it lacks in symmetry and sophistication, it makes up in love and memories. I hope you enjoy.)

Joy to the World and Peace on Earth.

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  1. ‘Joy is the peace you get in your heart when you are there for others.’ What a beautiful line, Brian. Hopefully, with what has gone on in the world over the past few years, the true meaning of Christmas will start to filter back. Whatever a persons religious beliefs, Christmas always offers a message of hope and togetherness.

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