Sorrowful Yet Rejoicing
“…Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5 NKJV)
The holidays are like a double-edged sword. There is celebration and gift-giving all around; but there is also rampant depression and sadness at this time. For a number of reasons, not everyone enters the season doing so well.
My dad was an alcoholic when I was growing up; and because of his drinking, Christmastime was a nightmare for my family. Years later, he was mercifully delivered from his drinking; and, thankfully, at the end of his life, he was joyfully serving the Lord alongside his family. But those weren’t easy times for us.
That was my family’s story. Others may have their own challenges. Perhaps there’s someone who is in financial difficulty and not working; and it’s difficult for the person to see all the gift-giving going on and not be able to get something for their loved ones. In this time of year, let’s be conscious of those around us who may be going through some hard times. Guided by the Holy Spirit, we can provide a word of encouragement and help in practical ways as well.
On the other hand, it may be that you are the one going through it in this season. Something may be going on in your children’s lives that is causing you pain or perhaps a friend or loved one has turned on you or you’re getting a hard time on the job because you’re serving the Lord. It’s a strange juxtaposition to be singing “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” while inside you are struggling and wondering how you will make it.
Be encouraged to know that you can give your problems and heartaches to Jesus and that God is able to bring you through this season. As Christians, we have to remember the reason why Jesus came. It was to save his people from their sins. And because of his sacrifice on the cross and his resurrection on the third day, we now have access to God’s throne of grace for all that we need.
As believers who love the Lord, we can be sorrowful yet rejoicing. Remember that weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. That’s God’s promise, in this season and always.
Read Psalm 30.