The longer we walk with Jesus, the more convinced we become that His desire is for us to live a life that is abundant and whole and for our joy to be complete.
But that does not mean that times of grief would not still be a part of life. The promise we are given is that there is always a blessing at the end of the time of grief.
Jesus reminds us that we will move from grief to joy. Talking to His disciples, Jesus had this to say: "You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. A 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. So 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. In 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. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete." (John 16:20-24)
We are reminded again that joy comes through our relationship with our Father.
"But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day." (Proverbs 4:18 ESV)
Have a lovely day.
Mike and Daphne