Every month we get a newsletter from some missionaries we support. Their news is always inspirining, as they serve God whole-heartily in Mexico and see the Lord move in many neat ways. In this month's letter we were asked "If you take away the decorations, food and festivities, would you still celebrate Christmas with joy?"
I had to stop and think about that.... I am so used to having so much, love my Christmas decorations, think parties at this time of year (or any other time) are a blast (I literally tied darling teensy bells to one of my toes last night, promising the hostess I'd be there with bells on my toes) and just shine with all the lighted houses. But what if all I had were a roof over my head and a bed with smelly, noisy animals, and none of the above?
Well, it's made me think - and thank. "And the shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them" Luke 2:20. What joy is Jesus!