“Unwrapping Christmas”

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      After Christmas, when we have focused so much on joy, giving, love, hope, kindness, and grace, we have to go back home where we encounter all sorts of nasty things, negative people, events, problems, messes, illnesses, and crap that seem to suck the joy right out of us.

     Joy takes work! It does not grow on trees! If you want to keep hold of that joy as you start into 2020, you need to be learning the lesson that Simeon gave Mary and Joseph all those years ago. The main point is this: the blessings of God are not meant to keep us on the mountaintop, they are meant to keep us going through the next valley.