Give thanks and be joyful—it’s Christmas!

It’s finally here! Christmas Day—one of the few days of the year that the shopping malls stand empty and the roads and highways are (relatively) quiet.

Christmas is different than every other day of the year, and no matter how commercialized the holiday seems to get, when December 25 actually arrives, it puts a temporary hush on even the busiest, most hectic lifestyle. Much of the world may not believe in Jesus Christ or the miraculous birth that Christmas celebrates, but still the holy invitation to know peace and joy filters through even the most materialistic culture.

This Christmas, do you know peace and joy? The peace that Christ offers runs much deeper than the thrill of getting a few extra days off of work for the holidays, or the fun of Christmas parties and family get-togethers. The world slows down and scrabbles for a bit of that peace every year on December 25, but the peace of Jesus is something you can experience every day of the year, even long after the presents are forgotten and the Christmas trees hauled off.

Maybe you’re looking for a peace of heart that persists beyond December 25. Or maybe you’ve looked around at your life and not found much to by joyful about this Christmas. This Christmas, take a step toward lasting peace—read the original story of Christmas, familiar as it may be; read about the baby born on this day thousands of years ago, and think about what it all means for you today.

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve spent the last month working frantically to wrap up work and business before the year’s end, or if you’ve spent every day of December in quiet spiritual meditation. Today is a day to celebrate, to ponder the birth of Christ, and to rejoice at the good news his birth proclaims. From everyone here at, we wish you a blessed Christmas Day. May the peace and joy of Christ touch your heart, no matter how clean or ugly your life feels. Today,

“the people living in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned.” —Matthew 4:16

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