"And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth."
I know that this particular verse refers to the birth of John the Baptist, but it is this spirit with which we ought to be filled at this time. How many of us really feel joy and gladness when we prepare for Christmas? I think a lot of us really feel wiped out, stressed and frazzled right about now. But when we think of what Christmas is about, the fact that our Lord and Saviour came down as a wee babe, we ought to be filled with joy and gladness, should we not?
Two years ago, I suffered a miscarraige just before the holidays...it was terribly hard to get through Thanksgiving. During December, I felt very little joy and really didn't do much until the very last parts of the month. However, even with a loss as great as that...the gift given so long ago out weighs such pain. I exhort you to find joy and gladness this season! I encourage you to refocus on the true meaning of Christmas and then spread that joy around!
Here are a couple of verses that may help you have the Joy of the Lord~
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
"This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."
"For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost."
May this encourage you today and give you some joy!