In Luke 2:10, the angel tells the shepherds he has good news that will bring joy. Joy is a concept we confuse with happiness. We can have joy even when we are not happy. Joy is connected with hope. We can be joyful in dire circumstances but have joy because we know this is not the end. Joy is anticipation that there is a good ending and the source is very good.
Personally, I will be very glad when 2016 is part of my history. There have been trials and tragedies I’d just as soon forget. But in the midst of it all, I am choosing to have joy.
No matter your circumstances this season, may you find joy and have a Merry Christmas!