November 19, 2012
Holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter can be joyful occasions, but I’m aware that they can be painful too. Perhaps you have lost a loved one and this is this first time you will face a particular birthday or anniversary with an empty place at your table. Perhaps family times make you feel lonely, remind you of what’s not true for you at this moment. I pray that you might know deep in your spirit that you belong to an eternal family; you are loved by God, enough for him to send his precious Son to the Cross for you. We have so much to celebrate as daughters of the King of Kings. I pray that you might find a quiet place today to stop and lift your heart up in gratitude to our Father. O Father, my heart overflows with love and gratitude for the enormous basket of blessings you have given me. I celebrate with joy my amazing privilege to give gifts to others in your name. Please bestow on me a double portion of your spirit of generosity and grace. Amen. Excerpted from Contagious Joy. Copyright © 2006 W Publishing Group. Published by Thomas Nelson. Used with permission. All rights reserved.