Holiday stretch

Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength! Neh. 8:10

Loss of a loved one, unpleasant memories, loneliness, or other issues can cast shadows on the holidays.  Feasting and celebration can seem like a stretch. Joy comes as we shift our focus away from self and toward thanking God and sharing what we have with others.

Lord, bring joy and celebration to heavy hearts.