See Beyond the Sorrow
Have you ever gone through heartache? It could be a really bad break up, divorce, loss of a friend, family member? We all recognize the hurt and sorrow that arises in these situations, it can be overwhelming, especially at the start. It can feel like the world is falling apart, as if the pieces will never be put back together. However, you know, if you have gone through a sorrowful loss, that it's not the end of life. It may be a burden on your heart for a long time, even for most of your life, but days get easier to bear, and you learn to move on and make the most of life. You find moments of joy again, reasons to get out and smile, and laugh. God shows us through Jesus, that sorrow is not the end, but merely the beginning, coming before the joy. If we have faith and hope in Him, then we know that things will work out for the best, and that there will be more moments for joy, even if it takes a while to get there.
Today's Gospel states:'"A little while, and you will see me no more; again a little while, and you will see me." Some of his disciples said to one another, "What is this that he says to us, `A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me'; and, `because I go to the Father'?" They said, "What does he mean by `a little while'? We do not know what he means." Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him; so he said to them, "Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, `A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me'? Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy'(John 16:16-20).
Today's reading talks about how we are all going to go through times of sorrow. However, there is joy past the sorrow, there is life, as we see through Jesus on the cross. Jesus tells his disciples that it will be a while before they see him again, that there will be a time that they will be sad, sorrowful, but joy will come in the end. He shows them that sorrow is not the end, but the beginning to finding true joy and life. It won't be easy, and it's not supposed to be. However, we grow the strongest through the toughest trials, especially in sorrow. God is walking us through, helping us to reach the joy, the light at the end of the dark tunnel. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you and those you know going through times of sorrow.
Today we pray:
Thank You for being with me in times when I'm sad, frustrated and angry. Help me to see through these times and guide me to the joy.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.