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.

(This is a repost from last year.)