Joy to the world, the Lord has come!
As Christmas carols begin to fill the airways and colorful lights shine bright, a variety of emotions are evoked in all of us.
I’m filled with excitement as I look forward to all this season is sure to bring. Memories fill my mind of happy times that are full of yummy smells, laughter, and anticipation. Simpler times, when I was oblivious to much else than childlike wonder.
However, this excitement hasn't always been there.
I remember the first year I spent with my mother absent. Then there was the year my husband lost his job, and I couldn't bring myself to put up a tree. I didn't know if my children could expect anything under that tree on Christmas morning. I remember struggling to find joy, in a season that had me feeling like I was drowning from the pressures of life pushing at me on all sides.
As I sit here, my heart is heavy for those who are walking through deep waters, are grieving a significant loss, or feeling like loneliness and despair are closing in.
But be encouraged in this…….The Lord has come!
There is always joy to be found, because the Lord has come! “Christ has come so that we can have life and have it more abundantly.” -John 10:10
He came to redeem, restore, heal, comfort, reconcile, strengthen, provide, and bring peace and love. We can find joy in who He is and all that He has done.
His will for you is to live a life of joy no matter the circumstances. Even in the hardest of seasons, draw close and be intentional to find joy in the midst of grief and struggle.
Invite Him to help you find joy, and to help you choose joy. - Charlene Moelker
Flashback Friday: 📸Gordon Parks an American Photographer told a story in Harlem called “Harlem Gang Leader” the photographs is a mix of intimate moments of quiet domesticity and boisterous, carefree Harlem street life and which was typically depicted in the mainstream press as lurid and dangerous. His photos of Harlem helped tell a different story. Years later Harlem is so different. I’ve been living in Harlem for 9 years now. I love Harlem ❤️ Gordon Parks (November 30, 1912- March 7, 2006)