The Bible commands us to “be joyful always,”(1Thessalonians 5:16) but it takes strength to hold onto joy when life threatens to snatch it from our hands.
You have fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you have made summer and winter. – Psalm 74:17
It takes a strength that we don’t humanly possess to move through a season of sadness and despair.
The holiday seasons lends new understating to God’s command to pray without interruption. The minute we break ties with His peace, calamity and worry seep in through the cracks in our psyche. It’s difficult to maintain a prayerful discipline amidst a normal routine, but the holiday hustle makes it even harder to concentrate our focus on Him.
(Yes, Coach…the title is inspired by you…) “Who’s kid just took off running for the road? ” someone said… “Must belong to a distance runner…” said another. “Meg, is that your kid?” “Jim!!!!” My husband, not a runner, sprinted after our 2 year old while I held Lo…just born 3 weeks earlier…laughter just filled the barn. Gallafest I. Ah…the memories… For the last four…