Scripture: Psalm 126 (NIV)

When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Restore our fortunes,LORD, like streams in the Negev. Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.

We talked about this Psalm back in April and focused on the rejoicing that spread across the galaxy at the end of Return of the Jedi. We could also talk about the excitement that was seen at the Resistance base when the fighters returned at the end of The Force Awakens or the excitement in Naboo at the end of The Phantom Menace.

It seems like rejoicing is always at the end of the story, however. At this time of year, we talk about the celebration around the beginning of the Story. Christmas is the time we commemorate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We spend a whole month (maybe more, depending on how you feel about Christmas music and decorations before Thanksgiving) in celebration of this. Sometimes maybe it doesn’t feel like celebration (more like work!) but if we approach it with the right attitude, we can realize that everything should be done with a joyful heart because of the ultimate gift.

We are just 10 days from Christmas now and most likely the craziness and to do lists are just getting out of control. I know we are scrambling around as well preparing and buying and trying to enjoy it all. (Plus there’s a certain movie out today that demands a little time as well!) Continue to remember that everything we do is in service to our Lord, even as we try to serve others and bring happiness and joy to them in this season. Our joy is always there even if we have to look a little harder for it!