December 20th

Story

More angels come to celebrate the good news—they arrive at the shepherd’s field and begin praising God!

Activity

Declare today is Red and Green Day! Tell everyone to dress in all red and green—even if it doesn’t match!

Adult

Biblical joy is a profound decision of faith and hope in the power of Jesus’ own life and love.

When you believe that Jesus’ love has overcome death itself, joy becomes strangely reasonable even in the darkest of circumstances. This doesn’t mean you should ignore or suppress sorrow. That’s not healthy or necessary. Paul often expressed his grief over missing loved ones or his own freedom. He called it being full of sorrow and yet full of rejoicing. As he acknowledged his pain, he also made a choice to trust Jesus that his loss wouldn’t have the final word.

Read

2 Corinthians 6:10

10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.

Reflect

  • Can you recall a time in your life when you were full of sorrow yet could still fully rejoice? If so, how would you describe that experience?
  • Take a moment now to pray to God. Thank him for his joy that can outlast the fiercest of pain. Invite him to teach you how to rejoice in the midst of suffering. Be honest with him about where you are struggling and ask him for what you need.