“.. for He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.” – Luke 1:49-50
Christmas is for you this year. Really… it’s for you.
Maybe this is shocking to you. Maybe you feel like you don’t deserve a good Christmas. Sure, everyone tells that you do, right? But they don’t know the real you, do they? They don’t know your shame, your fears, your failures, and your disappointments.
Or maybe it’s the opposite. Maybe you are a successful professional. The world sees you as a success… beautiful, intelligent, wealthy. They don’t know the daily struggle to put on a good face, to show everyone that you are put together, composed, and in control. If only someone knew what it took to be “you,” right?
Will joy be hard for you this year? Are you worried that you may not be able to give your family a good Christmas? Or maybe despite being able to buy whatever you want this year, you are worried that this year, contentment will be long forgotten and that the new year will start off with unmet expectations. You may barely imagine being able to smile, and enjoy good food, good drink, and being with your family this season.
But biblical joy isn’t putting on a happy face and saying everything’s “OK.” Joy is resting in and reveling in the promise that Christ is making “all things new” (Rev 21:5). Don’t set aside your worries and fears this year, but rather set them before the infant Christ in the manger.
Jesus was born and lived the life that you couldn’t live and died on the cross in your place, not solely that you would enjoy Christmas but that you would enjoy Him. So this year, enjoy your tree, the gifts, good food and your family. Enjoy them because Christ has bought those good gifts for you, for His glory (1 Cor 10:31)
A Prayer for Joy
O God, please quiet my heart and still my soul. Help me to see Your goodness to me this season, and remain my unshakable treasure and joy this year.
Author: Michael Douglas (not the actor) is married to Jennifer and they have two sons. He serves on the worship team at Fellowship Middlebrook and is a local surgeon.