Why do the times of Thanksgiving to our Lord for all His generous blessings and the season of celebrating the birth of our Lord and savior bring such feelings of stress, sadness, lonliness, depression, and fear?
Shouldn't this be a time for joy and gladness? What has perverted it? Why not lay aside all the "I need to" and "I have to" and "we still ought to"s and just be thankful and just be joyful?
Why do we have to decorate like Martha Stewart and cook like Paula Deen and buy for our kids like they are the Kardashians?
Why do we aggravate ourselves with so much influence from society?
Let us praise the Lord for His blessings upon us including the Most Blessed One of all and not put too much pressure on ourselves or too many expectations on our family members and just be joyful.
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. (Psalms 34:1 NASB)