How to Find True Joy At Christmas

 

We’ve all met a Scrooge at one time or another. Whether they’re decrying the price of turkeys this year or complaining about the incompetence of government, Scrooges are no fun to be around. They have a remarkable talent for sucking every last drop of happiness and joy out of the Christmas season. Instead of rejoicing, they are bitter and miserable. How can we avoid becoming one of these Scrooges? How can we rejoice even if this Christmas is going to be tougher than usual?

 

Here’s what we need to remember so we can find true joy at Christmas.

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What Christmas Teaches Us About Patience

From the dawn of hope in Genesis to the long-awaited birth of the Messiah, the story of Christmas is a story of patience. God’s people waited centuries for the Promised One.

What can we learn about patience from the Christmas story? Here are 3 key principles.



The Story Behind “Angels, from the Realms of Glory”

Angels from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o’er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation’s story
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth…
 
This charming carol was penned by the Irishman James Montgomery. We like to sing it during the Christmas season at our church in North Sydney. James was an underdog, who struggled in school and lost his parents when he was only 12. Yet God took this boy from humble beginnings and used him to do great things. Here is the story behind his best-known poem, “Angels, From the Realms of Glory.”

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