This is the day the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Add a child with special needs to the mix of the cacophony of the holidays- and you might have a recipe for disaster.
But I've found as a parent I have to when I let go of commercial expectations of what each "holiday" should look like. I don't let someone else dictate how we celebrate for the holidays or even how we manage to get through our regular days! For days come in all shapes and sizes.
And if I have trouble rejoicing in the day, I know I can always rejoice in past days He's given me and I can always look forward and rejoice in the amazing days when His kingdom comes and He will rule with truth and grace!
On the good days - the rejoicing flows.
On the bad days - the rejoicing is the only way to get through.
For we have a Savior -
One who is with us -
One who is for us -
One who didn't exempt Himself from the pain, sorrow, and frustrations of this world.
He traded His divinity for the limitations of humanness.
He lives to pray for us and is always interceding for us.
He sings and rejoices over us- I want to learn to sing and rejoice over Him each day.
Pray: Good and Gracious Father, you ask us to live a life of rejoicing. Teach us to live in Your presence- for in Your presence is fullness of joy and in Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.