Deacon Bob Evans
Keeping Joy Alive in Our Hearts
Updated: Dec 29, 2019
The wrapping paper has all been bundled up; friends and family have headed home; the kitchen has been rescued and restored; our sense of anticipation is spent. Things are getting back to “normal,” unfortunately. We’d really like to hang on to the joy just a little longer.
We’d really like to hang on to the joy just a little longer.
For some of us, this past year may have been a time of prosperity and happiness. For others, it may have been a time of heartaches and challenges. But that’s the natural ebb and flow of life; and the New Year is always filled with promise.
But before New Years overtakes us, I invite you to a brief time of reflection on those things in your life that are good and comforting, that have brought you joy. For many, it’s family (those who live with you and those who may live far away). They are connected to you in a way that no one else in the world is. There are friends, those who may have shared this Christmas with you and those you may not have seen in a very long time, but who have made great memories with you in the past. And, there’s the presents, Christmas cards, phone calls, and well wishes that reminded you, again, that you really are cared about. Yes, there is much to hang onto, the Christmas season is really not over until the Epiphany, January 6, 2020.
Wow, “2020,” it sounds a bit strange saying that. It will take some getting used to. Yes, there’s a whole new year ahead, and as I say it is filled with promise. But that promise will quickly fade if God is not truly active in your life. You may have kept Christ in Christmas this year, but He desires to be with you every day, through the good times and the bad.
There is a way to keep that “joy of Christmas”
alive in your heart; it’s through prayer.
There is a way to keep that “joy of Christmas” alive in your heart. It’s through prayer, prayers of thanksgiving, prayers of petition, prayers that silently talk to God in whatever way moves you. There are of course the most common prayers, like the Our Father and Hail Mary, but what you may find most meaningful is just sharing with our Lord whatever is on your mind and heart. He has promised to hear and answer every prayer – each in the way He sees best. For Jesus said: "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” [Matthew 7:7]. And, there’s great joy in knowing that we have been heard; that we are cared about; that we are not alone in this life.