If joy comes in the morning, is it morning yet?

“Crying may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5b NCV

Are you like me and feeling the heaviness of the week? I could turn off the news but the tragedy and hate and sorrow would still be there. In our country, in our world, in our families. Not all suffering is played out on the nightly news. But when it is, when it pulls us together and we’re on our knees for strangers our hearts are worn down and out. I look for joy in the morning but find more sorrow.

our flag of freedom
our flag of freedom

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Are you also like me and have this need to be happy and laugh a little but there’s this guilt, a sense of betrayal to our neighbors in TX and MA and funerals being planned and families split wide open?

The books of wisdom also tell us to cry with those who cry and rejoice with those who rejoice. Forgive me if you’re not ready for this, but I need to rejoice. I need to celebrate the strength of our people. Even in the loss we have seen incredible acts of selflessness and heroism. We can only know good in the face of bad and when it’s really bad, it’s really, really good.

It's by the cross we are made free
It’s by the cross we are made free

“God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant.” Romans 5:20 NLT

Not all tragedy is the act of sin. Accidents, like in West, Texas cause as much sorrow. But when one of the men asked why does God allow this to happen, the only answer that offers me any sense is this: free will. That’s the gift God gave us all. He gave us the free will to choose. To choose evil or good. Right or wrong. Blue or Orange. Cold or Hot. It’s what makes us alike and different; our choices. God has given his guidelines to us through his word but he will not make us follow him. Friends, that is love.

And I choose to rejoice in that love. The grace that is more abundant in the face of sin, evil, sorrow and heartbreak. That is the joy we have with each new day. Yes, my heart aches for so many. Yet, I thank God for his free will and grace that will see us through.

 

7 Comments

  1. jaels said:

    What a beautiful message, Debby–you have such a heart-gift. God bless you abundantly. Having just come through a valley, I agree that His Grace is real and even extravagant, lighting hope in the darkness.

    April 19, 2013
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    • Debby said:

      I’m glad you can see yourself as coming through that valley, jaels. It’s not easy but finding the light in the darkness, yes. that’s what we all need!

      April 21, 2013
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  2. Debbie said:

    Our thoughts and feelings – and our prayers are running along parallel lines, dear friend. I appreciation the tender way you’ve expressed it.

    April 19, 2013
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    • Debby said:

      I find no surprise in that, Debbie. I find it quite the compliment! Hearing from you always brightens my day, friend 🙂

      April 21, 2013
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  3. Debbie said:

    Our thoughts and feelings – and our prayers are running along parallel lines, dear friend. I appreciation the tender way you’ve expressed it.

    April 19, 2013
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    • Debby said:

      I find no surprise in that, Debbie. I find it quite the compliment! Hearing from you always brightens my day, friend 🙂

      April 21, 2013
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