After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. -Matthew 2:9-10 (NIV)
How many times have celebration preparations, customs and traditions, drowned out the joy? How many brides have reached their wedding day, exhausted, stressed-out, and disappointed when their big day arrives? How can we survive the holidays? Can we live up to the hype? Can we sustain expectations in changing times, as children move out and loved ones pass on, and life spins off in unimagined directions? No, we can’t.
Pleasure that comes from the external is but shallow and fleeting. Real joy is internal, invariable with time or circumstance. This is Christmas joy; rejoicing that Light and Love came into the world and continues to burn bright within us though darkness may fall around us. It is not the day, the tradition or the trappings that make us truly happy, but the realization that we can experience profound happiness without anything but the Savior who is the eternal source of joy.