There is a visceral sense of diminished passion & contentment in our culture. Any sense of joy seems muted, which may be due to lack of trust created by the obscuring and alteration of truth. That’s why the message of the angel to the shepherds about Jesus is so powerful–because God is openly declaring the truth about His mercy and plan for mankind, to an unlikely of common people. This “Good News of great joy” brings exceeding gladness and calm delight that is only found in a right relationship with the Lord through Jesus. As we trust Him and live for Him, He continuously restores our joy and gives us an abundant life.