I would normally have had this post written and posted by Friday morning, but I got a bit behind. And as I contemplated how to write about joy, I was struck by the almost inappropriateness of discussing joy today. In light of yesterday's horrific events, it is difficult to blog about having a heart full of joy at the celebration of Christ's birth and joy in anticipating eternal life with Him.
But perhaps that is exactly why we need to think about joy. The world we live in is a sick and dying world filled at times with unimaginable sorrow. In order to keep ourselves from sinking into a deep hole of despair we must, no matter how difficult, continue to look for joy. In order to find joy we must look to Christ. He helps us to find sense in the senseless, meaning in the midst of confusion and joy despite the sorrow.
In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.