Joy and Peace to You   Leave a comment

I still get excited about Christmas.  I still get that little five-year-old feeling in my stomach that says, “Christmas is 4 days away!!!!”

I usually start thinking about Christmas – the cards I will buy, who I will send them to, the gifts I will give people – in July.  I’ve been that way for as long as I can remember.  I have a big family, and in order to be able to afford gifts for them and for my friends, I have to start buying in July.

I have always associated Joy and Peace with Christmas.  They are so entwined that I couldn’t separate them if I tried.  The joy of the shepherds.  The peace that Jesus brought.  I always gravitate towards cards with Joy on them, or a dove (peace).

This year, with all that has been going on in the world and in the US, it is a struggle to find and keep joy and peace.  There doesn’t seem to be a lot of it.  So much conflict!  Sadness!  Violence!  Poverty!  I have to remind myself of the reason we celebrate Christmas, and the sacrifice that Jesus made for us.  And why He did it.  Why He left his home to be with us.

So, despite what is going on in the world, I hold onto God’s peace, and God’s joy.  I try to share it with others.  I try to keep it in my heart and my actions.  I wish you joy and peace.  On Christmas, and each day of the year.

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Posted December 21, 2015 by Maureen in Christian, Musings

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