It is around the Christmas time of year we begin to acknowledge the weariness, grief, rage, and hopelessness we carry—and at the same time we affirm that we are made for joy. 

Christ was born into a weary world. King Herod ruled the land with a legacy of ruthlessness. The Romans treated the people of Israel with contempt, imposing harsh taxes and land seizures that forced many into subsistence farming. Poverty and destitution were pervasive. And yet, Christ was born, bringing good news of great joy for all people. 

Part one of this series tells us one way we will rejoice is "We Acknowledge Our Weariness."