Joy after Christmas?


What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?

“I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” (Luke 2:10)
We have just passed through Christmas, and are now in the darker days of winter.
How many people could use ‘christmas joy’ now, after the lights and trees are gone?
According to the angels, the Messiah’s birth is for great joy for all people.
Yet if often seems that joy is hard to come by, and misery seems to grow.
We may long for joy, but is it possible, and if so why is it so hard to find?
Jesus offers this kind of ‘good news’, a message that is for ALL people.
Sometimes at Christmas we get hints of this, through kindness, good will, generosity.
But what would it take for this to continue and to grow through the year?
The answer to me is Jesus… to welcome Jesus into our lives.
To allow the love and life of Jesus to take us over and transform us.
To become agents of good news and great joy for ALL people!
As Jesus followers, we know this good news, but are we sharing it like the angels?
Like Jesus are we being good news to those who are struggling in the dark?
Our love, kindness, helpfulness, etc. can bring glory to God and peace on earth too!
Lord, may I not just celebrate ‘christmas’ in December, but may I become ‘christmas’ – good news of great joy for all people – through the whole year!


  1. Overwhelming and glorious drama – with contrasts galore: pitch darkness and bright angel chorus – fear and great joy; Messiah and a humble baby in humble circumstances and humble shepherd heralds compared to bright angels. How vulnerable and how God dependent and driven! So much could have gone wrong – the travel, the pregnancy, the delivery, the unsanitary conditions, the exposure – all in God’s protective bubble! Even in telling the story now – it seems so impossible – so risky. God kept them safe! God keeps me safe! I need to trust his grace for me each day!

  2. God appeared to the lowest of people for they were receptive of the Good News. Their hearts were open to receive the Good News. And I must have the same kind of heart in order to receive and believe. As they experienced the wonder of God, I too must see the wonder of God each and every day and share that wonderment with others a the shepherds did.

    Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
    Open the eyes of my heart
    I want to see You
    I want to see You
    To see You high and lifted up
    Shinin’ in the light of Your glory
    Pour out Your power and love
    As we sing holy, holy, holy

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