Advent Devotional: Friday, December 20

H. R. Wilson

Friday, Third Week of Advent: Joy
December 20, 2013

Does it seem to you that the past year has been filled more than usual with serious illnesses, mourning the loss of loved ones, economic distress, environmental disasters, wars, political carnage and other woes?  How can one remain stable in such an uncertain and depressing time?  Is it even possible to be joyful?

God has always made it possible for his people to turn sorrow, distress and weeping into joy in spite of the situation.  The Psalmist was aware of this in saying, “In his anger there is distress, in his favor there is life.  Tears may linger at nightfall, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” (Ps 30:5).