A boy is blowing a lots of balloon

Joy on the Rise

Happiness is . . . a tummyful of hotpot. An inside joke with friends. An unexpected bonus. The rush of a deadline met. It isn’t wrong to strive for happiness—but happiness is anchored on “outside” things we can’t control.

The Shadow & The Star

For those among us dealing with grief, loneliness, and depression, the joy of the festivities can put a spotlight on our inner darkness. And yet . . . perhaps that pain is exactly the place where our Emmanuel longs to meet us.