Finding Joy in Christmas

At work we had seven trees to put up this year.  Decorating a nursing home is no simple

Christmas trees are beautiful...

Christmas trees are beautiful…

task and I am thankful I don’t have to decorate alone.  I have volunteers that come in and help cut the decorating time in half.

This year the entire process from pulling everything out of storage to decorating to returning the boxes back to storage took a full week.  I was blessed to have plenty of help, but I realized there were a couple of areas where I still needed assistance and had not made provisions in the planning process. I was reminded that  I can’t do it alone.

However, by the time I reached home I did not feel like decorating.  I put up a tree that wasn’t much better than a Charlie Brown tree.  This doesn’t mean that I didn’t have decorations at home to decorate.  I just didn’t have the energy.

However, regardless of how many decorations I have up, whether at home or at work, I remind myself that the real reason for the season is the birth of Jesus Christ.

...but real joy comes in the birth of Jesus Christ

…but real joy comes in the birth of Jesus Christ

We live in a secular world that focuses on Santa Claus, parties, decorations and gifts.

I chose to remember to focus on the joy and spirit of the Christmas season.  Without the birth and sacrifice of Jesus on the cross we would not have the joy that only Jesus can provide.

Romans 15:13 says “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

No matter how busy we get this season, focus on the joy that comes in the birth of Jesus Christ.

What is your joy this Christmas?