“So the people went away to eat and drink at a festive meal, to share gifts of food, and to celebrate with great joy because they had heard God’s words and understood them.” Nehemiah 8:12 NLT

Hearing and understanding are two different things! You can hear that God loves you, and it have no impact, but it’s the understanding of what that means that releases the joy and gives reason to celebrate. Plenty of people hear the gospel, but it’s the ones that understand and believe that find the joy of salvation! The shepherds that first Christmas night heard about the new born Saviour, but it wasn’t until they went and saw, and understood that what the angel had said was true, that they began praising God! Lord, may people not just hear about You this Christmas, but may they understand who You are and what You have done, so that may joy be released and Your name praised and celebrated. Amen 🙌🏼❤️