Joy In Our Sorrow

Pondering on “joy” today.
Because life is difficult sometimes and even finding a smile for the day becomes a challenge. As my pastor shared in his sermon this Sunday, sometimes the proper response to injustice, to suffering, to grief, to evil is–to simply weep.
In her book, Dancing With My Father, my sweet mentor, Sally, writes, “the way to joy is through a pathway of sorrow, which we naturally resist.”
Then there’s Jesus, the perfect example, “who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross,” (Heb. 12:2).

And so, my friend, this post will not give you strategies for gaining joy (I’ve talked much about fighting for joy throughout this blog). Each person’s suffering is unique. Each person’s pain and brokenness different than the one next door. However, I will point you back to Jesus.

I’m not sure what situation you’re facing in your path this morning, but I do know there’s joy. His joy is our strength (Neh. 8:10). There’s righteousness being perfected in us; A good work being done by the Almighty as you walk through the sorrow, pain, and grief.

 Surrendering to the power of the Holy Spirit at work in us, we can hold on to the promise of joy. It’s ours. It’s part of our inheritance.
I weep with you.
For your discouragement.
For your weariness.
For your sickness.
For your betrayal.
For your loss.
For your abuse.
For your addiction.
For your questions.
For your pain.
For your sorrow.
For your grief.
And I pray for you.
Be encouraged as you find perspective and comfort
in God’s word:
“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us,” (Rom. 5:3-5).


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