Making Space – An Advent Devotional


When You Don’t Have It In You 

Maybe this Christmas you just don’t have it in you to celebrate. Maybe this past year has been overshadowed by a heaviness that refuses to budge. Perhaps you feel like the joy has been sucked out of you.

Sure, you go through the motions: the tree is trimmed, the lights strung, the treats baked. But the joy of the season? That’s been stolen by the year gone by. 

But Scripture reminds us that Jesus didn’t come down for those who have it all together. He came for those who are broken, hurt and disappointed. He came for the messy and the forgotten. He came to heal the brokenhearted. He came to restore joy. He came to flood your heart with peace that just doesn’t make sense in your situation. 

Maybe circumstances won’t change. Maybe those fissures from the past won’t magically mend. But this Christmas know that He came for you. As broken and messed up as your year may have been, His love is infinitely greater. He is able. Able to restore joy, bring peace and truly bless your Christmas with the best gift of all – His presence.


Father God, this Christmas, I can’t seem to shake off the gloom. I’m sometimes in a dark place when I think of this past year. But despite the brokenness, help me remember that You bring life and healing and hope to the hopeless. Amen.