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Always be joyful.
What’s that now? Always? Yes, always.
That is one of those bits of Scripture that can be hard to swallow. I was taught that there are few instances where the word “always” or “never” really applies. But, there it is jumping off the pages of holy scripture. Always. Be. Joyful.
What about those days when circumstances threaten to overwhelm you? Yes, even then.
What about those days when you are exhausted physically, mentally, and emotionally? Yes, even then.
What about that moment when you’ve just received devastating news? Yes, even then.
What about that week when you aren’t sure how you are going to make ends meet? Yes, even then.
What about those times when your heart is broken and hurting? Yes, even then.
That's hard. But, I've learned that we can choose joy because we have hope. We have hope because we belong to Jesus. The one and only Hope of all the World.
The heavenly hosts declared it from the very beginning: “Do not be afraid, I bring you glad tidings of great joy...the Savior is born.” Great joy. His name is Jesus.