“sorrowful, yet always rejoicing”

“What the world needs from the church is our indomitable joy in Jesus in the midst of suffering and sorrow.”            — John Piper

In the midst of such horrific tragedy going on in our world this sermon was a rich reminder of what my response is to be — “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing.”

Over the past few weeks, I’ve kept up with headlines more than I usually do. I’ve grown to realize I can’t bury my head in the sand and ignore the pain, heartache, and sadness in the world around me. I need to be aware and, by God’s grace, I’ve grown to want to be aware. I want to know how to pray. I want to be able to engage people in conversation and share the hope of Jesus in the midst of the most horrible circumstances.

The struggle for me has always been that I hold onto it all. I feel it very deeply and I begin to struggle feeling guilty when I’m happy and enjoying my days. That’s not right, though. For the exact hope I want to offer others is mine everyday. Even in the midst of the most horrible circumstances I can rejoice! This sermon was a timely reminder and instrumental in helping me think rightly about it all.

“sorrowful, yet always rejoicing.”

Only in Jesus can we live in reflection of that paradoxical statement. And be grateful. Be so very grateful.

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