Christmas Joy (23)

Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Psalm 51:12

What’s choking out your joyous Christmastime cheer? What’s different? What’s happened? The culprit may be a lost loved one, the absence of whom seems to drain the sublime from the celebration. Behind that hap-hap-happiest seasonal smile hides a dolor outlook on life. But why?

In a brave effort to keep everyone else’s spirits high, you “suck it up” and trudge through. This only hurts more. Convincing yourself no one understands, you drift further away. Perhaps it would be better to share it. Talk about what’s bothering you. The people in your life are there for you.

A good first step is talking to the Lord. Ask Him to restore your joy by renewing your spirit. He hears your prayer. He does it. Then talk to a trusted companion. Get it out on the table. Discussion doesn’t change reality, but it will change you! Merry Christmas.

Jesus, restore my joy and uphold me. Amen.

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