Joy to the world…
…the Lord has come!
It wasn’t the royal arrival anyone anticipated. And yet, Jesus’ appearance changed everything. In an instant, the Son of God became “God with us”—and over 2,000 years later, our weary world is still rejoicing.
Today, as you prepare for Christmas, spend some time celebrating that Jesus’ humble birth prepared a way for us to draw near to Him.
A Prayer for Joy
Jesus, thank You for becoming Immanuel, “God with us.” It’s because of You that I can experience true joy.
I admit that it can sometimes feel hard to be joyful in the middle of a busy or difficult holiday season. But when the cares of my heart are many, Your comfort gives me renewed hope and cheer.
So today, I choose to take refuge in You and rejoice. I will sing for joy because You are my strength and my salvation. In Your presence there is fullness of joy! And because of Your humble arrival over 2,000 years ago, I am now able to experience the joy of Your presence forever. Thank You.
You are always worthy of all glory, honor, and power—and so no matter what I face, I will choose to worship You.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.