Thursday, December 17, 2015

Struggle and Joy: two sides of the same coin

Christmas time is supposed to be joyous, fun, full of celebration and warm fuzzy feelings. But those expectations are rarely fulfilled throughout the season. There are times of struggle that don't seem to fit, and yet maybe they do......

Struggling and rejoicing are two concurrent movements, one fluid with the other. Struggle can deepen joy. The secret of joy is a matter of focus: focus on the Father, not on your fears. All fear is but the notion that God’s love ends. Behold Him and be held. Instead of explaining our struggling, Jesus shares in it, because He knows mere answers are cold, His arms are warm. He is the epitome of empathy. 

Thank You God for the grace to rejoice amidst the broken places.

Ann Voskamp The Greatest Gift

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