For those of you who are having a hard time getting in the Christmas Spirit or finding joy in your daily life, I understand. I tenaciously pursue God’s joy but have been like a treasure hunter searching for treasure in North America while using a map of Asia. Suffice to say, it’s not working out for me.
When I read the passage above, I’ve never felt more like a Pharisee than today. The people whom Jesus constantly warns us not to be like; I feel it’s as if I’m practicing what they preach.
There once was a little girl named Ella. She worked hard, loved fiercely, and cared for others needs more than her own. She worked until she could work no more and still then some.