Grief and Joy

Some thoughts from Parminder:
John 16v19: “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’? 20Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. 21A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. 23In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
 
Grief and grieving come to us all.  Being a Christian does not absolve us from suffering.  We can weep and mourn whilst the world seems indifferent and continues as normal.  The promise of Jesus is that our grief will be transformed into joy.  Why?  because even through the grief, we will see Him again.  Then we will rejoice.  So, when we see Jesus with us in our grief, then we can be assured that eventually that grief will be turned to rejoicing.  We have an enemy, Satan, who is a thief, a killer and a destroyer.  He wants to steal our joy, kill our hope and destroy our faith.  But by looking through grief to Jesus, we can reinvigorate all these blessings.
Psalm 30v5: Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
 
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