Advent invites us to open the eyes and ears of our heart to a joyful receptivity of Christ's presence.  There is a spotlight on Joy in Advent.  We can grow from joy as well as from sorrow.  All depends on our attitude.  Suffering can lead to compassion or to bitterness.  Joy can also move to self-orientation but it most ofter promotes gratitude, praise, eagerness to share and enthusiasm for the Creator's gifts.  Perhaps the best present we can give one another this Christmas is a joyful heart and a cheerful attitude.

Living Faith Daily Devotions 2010