In a year filled with disappointments, helplessness and uninvited change, we might have struggled to find happiness. But happiness and joy don’t mean the same thing. Happiness is an often fleeting emotional response to a positive circumstance. Joy, however, is a deep sense of contentment and hope that persists even when pain and suffering abound. Joy trusts that God has wonderful plans for us and that Jesus will be with us always. Take time today to invite God’s joy. Reflect on a time you experienced joy in a challenging situation. How did that joy thrive? Has God ever seemed absent or His joy inaccessible? Create space for the Holy Spirit to come and smooth out the rough places within, put balm on hidden wounds and reignite the spark of holy joy that can only come from God.