Great Joy


And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  Luke 2:10-11

Christmastime can mean so many different things: great joy, great sadness, great relief, and even great anxiety to name just a few. We all have different emotions tied to the holidays that can distract us from celebrating the joy of the Good News of Christ. 

For me, last Christmas was very sad and full of many different emotions. We had moved out of our home of 18 years because of a traumatic event that has had compounding effects on my whole family. Also, Mark’s dad was passing away due to health complications from his Parkinson’s. We did not do much for Christmas last year; we were in a survival mode. We kept things simple and tried to keep our focus on Christ. Yet, honestly, there was more heartache than joy. 

This year, my husband and I are determined to bring the joy back to celebrating Christmas. It had been tradition for my husband and I to start decorating our home for Christmas the weekend of Thanksgiving. We are now living with Mark’s mom because she has Alzheimer’s. So, we have decided to start new traditions by combining old ones and making the best of it. We started by rearranging the living room to make room for the Christmas tree. We brought down Christmas decorations from the attic and had fun decorating while listening to Christmas music. My heart was full as I thought about the joy that Jesus brings and how we are celebrating His birth! 

Prayer: Dear Lord, what an amazing time of the year! We are blessed to be able to celebrate the birth of Your Son. Help us to stay focused on the true miracle of Christmas; the birth of our Savior. We love you! In His precious name, Jesus. Amen.


Published by Tiffany C. Schwander

Tiffany has a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Pacific University and has been helping families for over 20 years. She and her husband, Mark, are raising their teenage twin sons to be strong in their faith and knowledgeable in the Word to strongly face life’s joys and trials. Tiffany has been Linda Colby’s associate teacher for the past three years in a national women’s ministry leading and guiding women and teens. Tiffany enjoys encouraging, teaching and counseling women and children into a closer relationship with Jesus as they study His Word.

One thought on “Great Joy

  1. I love this Tiffany. Change is hard for all of us. But to embrace it, make it special and surrender it to Jesus is not just making the best of it, it is the very meaning of the season! Thank you for your insightful wisdom.


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