Holidays for the Hurting: Joy

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One of my sweet Redbud sisters is offering us all a gift. 25 Devotions to Help You Heal is a devotional on finding healing in the midst of the hurting that holidays often expose. Take a moment to be quiet and reflect with the excerpt from her book:

Joy

excerpt from Elisabeth Klein’s Holidays for the Hurting: 25 Devotions to Help You Heal

I did not want to write today when I saw that the next topic on my list was joy. In fact, I closed the document and went on to do some other tasks and even went for a walk. Anything not to have to write about joy today. Because I am not feeling joyful.

And then I realized, neither are you, more than likely. So, perhaps, when I don’t feel joy is the perfect time to write about joy.

Because joy is not a feeling.
Joy is not based on a circumstance.
Joy is not the same as happiness.
Joy is a choice.
Joy can come in the middle of pain.
Joy can come in the middle of sadness.
Joy can come in the middle of weariness.
Joy comes in the morning.

Today, I am sad and confused. I am struggling to see hope in my future. I so wish this weren’t the case. I wish I were steadier in all things no matter what was going on around me. But this is my reality.

And today, I’m wondering what you are feeling, dear reader? Are you sad? Confused? Is hope evading you? Are your circumstances swirling? Are you unsteady?

Then these are the circumstances in which you are best able to lean into Jesus, which sets the foundation for joy seeping into your soul.

I am a believer that joy comes from gratitude. So, in the midst of your painful situation right now, I want you to pause, and thank Jesus for every single good thing in your life that you can think of, big and little. Nothing is too small to thank him for. He is our good-gift provider. I’ll start you off…

Jesus left heaven for you.
Jesus was born of a virgin for you.
Jesus lived a spotless life for you.
Jesus died on the cross for you.
Jesus came back to life for you.
Jesus hears you.
Jesus sees you.
Jesus holds you.
Jesus created you.
Jesus plans to redeem your pain.
Jesus loves you.
Jesus… (Keep going, sweet one…what else has Jesus done for you?)

Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. –Psalm 30:5-

God, I am lacking joy today. But since you command it, it must be a choice. So today, I thank you for all of your
goodness and faithfulness and intimate care. Help me choose joy in my pain. Help me lean into you. Amen.

Elisabeth Klein is grateful new wife to Richard, and mom and now stepmom to five. She writes regularly at www.elisabethklein.com/blog and desires to help hurting women by bringing them hope. You may order your copy of Holidays for the Hurting: 25 Devotions to Help You Heal here.