Psalm 30:5b

Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

Weeping and Joy

            If you’ve known me for any length of time, you probably know that The West Wing was/is my favorite television show.  I love the writing, the acting, the thought that goes into each word of the massive amount of dialogue.  In one episode, there has been a tragedy, young people at a college killed by a pipe bomb at a swim meet.  It is a story that we can relate to today, all too well.  The President is about to speak – and the speechwriters can’t come up with anything that works for him, so he says, “I think I’ll just talk.”  On his way to take the stage, one of the speechwriters says, “Mr. President, joy cometh with the morning.” And the President starts there – and goes into his feeling that the people who caused all this weeping weren’t born to do this.

            We are not born to be people of hate.  We are not born to be people who have to win at all costs.  We are not born to worship power. We are created to reflect love. We are created to be people that let joy heal the brokenness in our hearts.  We are created to praise and trust the steadfast love of God, no matter how much the world tries to obscure it.

Reflection Questions:

  • Do you feel as if you are in a time of weeping or a time of joy right now?
  • Is it possible to weep and be joyful at the same time?
  • How can you let the love of God heal you in this time?

Prayer: Dear God, It is good to know you know us in all the times, and sit with us steadfastly through all the moments of our lives.  Thank you! Amen