“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again–rejoice!” Philippians 4:4
This past week I felt my heart breaking at the news of two young men dying in the river at Golden Ears. One of them was a dear family friend whom I had known since he was three months old.
While grief seemed to fill every corner of my heart, I also felt joy breaking in. As I chose to consider the hope and the promise we have in Christ Jesus, joy would accompany my grief and the tremendous loss I felt.
It may seem strange to grieve with joy; but in darkness I was glad that Jesus was with us. So I could rejoice in the Lord. Music helped. Scripture helped. Praying helped. Sitting quietly in nature helped. Being with people who trust Jesus helped. But ultimately I found I had to ask God to send His Spirit to help me rejoice in the Lord.
“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again–rejoice!”