Today's Reading: Luke 2:8-14 (NIV)
Good news causing great joy for ALL the people.
When have you personally experienced good news that caused great joy? I remember when our oldest son was accepted into DPT school. Four years of hard work realized in one letter of acceptance. There’s also the time we got the call from our second born telling us his dream internship was going to be a reality. And then another moment early in the pandemic when we received the text from our third son. He had safely landed in the US after his unexpected trip home from abroad.
We’ve definitely had our share of good news. But recently, my husband and I received the best news ever. We learned our first grandchild is on his way--due on Christmas Day no less! We were asked not to tell anyone at first, but I could burst. I wanted to tell everyone! But we held our tongues and had our own personal praise party with grateful hearts.
It is easy to express joy about a grandchild on the way, but what about sharing good news in not so great circumstances? How do we do that when we’ve been in a year of loss, angst, and suffering? A year of overall “ugly”?
Considering our background and our weaknesses, embracing the Good News of Jesus should stir a desire to continually celebrate Him with a grateful heart. Yet all too often, the noise of the world or the pain in our lives whisks in and commands our attention. And we often become fearful. Fear can be a great signal alerting us about something of concern. And when we are afraid, we have to decide how to respond.
We see these cliché signs on sale at small boutiques and retail stores all around. It reads so simple. When we intentionally “choose joy,” we open ourselves to the One who has control over our lives. 2020 rings out as a year full of conflict, suffering, and death—BAD news. Rather than waiting on circumstances to change or feelings to shift, we must choose to fix our eyes on Jesus. And then give the angst or pain we are wrestling with back to Him, who is THE step on the pathway to joy. Sounds too easy, doesn’t it? But when we allow the Good News of the Savior to reign in and over us, we grow our confidence in His love. We also know our lives are eternally secure, and we can draw near to the One who came for us. Anytime, anywhere. And in that, our hearts can trust and know a peace only found in our Savior.