If being surrounded by my family brings me joy (and it does) I can imagine the joy of Jesus when at last His entire family is assembled around Him, safe at last!
Until then, I pray we will even now take pains to bring Him all the joy we can. “Love one another as I have loved you,” He said. Let’s do so actively, purposefully, and persistently, even when we don’t feel like it.
Christmas is one more day when we can set our sights on practicing what He preaches. So here we go! Merry Christmas!