If You Need Comfort and Joy

Comfort and Joy.

I looked down at my Christmas coffee cup and noticed the words etched on the side.

This year, more than any other, this is what I need. And what I have.

Comfort, because my precious father passed away a few days ago. Joy, because I know he is in heaven, and I will one day see him again.

My comfort and joy are possible because of Christmas; because Jesus was born.

Your comfort and joy are possible because of Christmas, too.

Nothing about Jesus’ life here on earth was comfortable. Not his birth in a dirty barn. Not his rejection by the religious rulers. Not his betrayal, beatings, or ultimate death on a cross.

Jesus left the comforts of heaven and the fellowship with the Father and the Spirit so you and I could experience comfort and joy.

This is the message of Christmas.

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  (Luke 2:10-11)

I don’t know what’s going on in your life right now. Maybe you, like me, need a measure of comfort. I’m certain you long for a little slice of joy.

May I whisper a tender reminder?

Remember Jesus. He was born to bring you comfort and joy. This is the good news of the gospel.

I’m praying you receive all the fullness of comfort and joy Jesus came to give.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

You are loved,


P.S. On this week’s podcast (airing December 28th) I pray a special prayer of blessing over your Christmas and New Year. You’ll find the “That’s Just What I Needed” podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts.

P.S. I’d love to connect with you on Instagram @donnaajones or on Facebook, Donna Jones, Speaker & Author.