On those days when everything goes wrong, when your back breaks with the effort of doing very little, joy to you. Jesus redeems even those days.
My day has been like that: a series of frustrating things that don't work, a day I felt I have wasted waiting for others or technology, breaking up fights, clearing up mess repeatedly only to have it duplicated behind my back, the feeling of smallness, the battle for faith.
As the Christmas decorations go up and I think about what the simple message of Christmas is: Jesus was born to redeem us from our worst days, our most mediocre days, and our most frustrating days. No day is beyond his reach, no situation is too hard for him to turn around and bring joy and peace out of. No person is beyond his touch. Nothing you've ever done is too hard for him to forgive.
A birth like that is worth celebrating.