Tears, Peace, and Joy

“Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.” Psalm 30:5

Anticipation of any New Year brings with it a sense of hope and happiness. We desire to close the door on the old, and open it to all things new and beautiful and possible. We do not anticipate great sorrow in its place, yet, it happens. New Year’s Day 2022 brought an unexpected and great sorrow to many as shocking news came of a horrific car crash, claiming the life of a dear brother in the Lord, and causing terrible injuries to his wife and two daughters. This dear brother was a husband, a father, a son, a brother, an uncle. A large extended family grieve for him as do those in his church, along with friends far and wide. There are so many of God’s children, lifting this dear family, whom we love so much, to the Lord, asking His comfort and healing for the three who have had to undergo multiple surgeries.

His family know the Lord. Some of them shared their thoughts on Facebook. I was so touched with their words that reveal their deep trust in their Heavenly Father. One of the family’s sons, who was not in the car, wrote this: “I find immense peace in knowing that Daddy is eternally with his Lord & Savior; the place he always lived to be.”

A sister wrote: “He was with me when I was born…He was my brother, my twin, my constant….Saturday night, God took him home.” Another sister wrote: “Pray for God to hold and help all of our broken hearts. We know without doubt that God’s ways are perfect and that He has a good plan, but it surely hurts on this side of forever.”

My mother and I have been joining in the many prayers for these dear friends, both of us waking often in the nights, lifting up and hugging these dear ones in prayer. As I witness their faith shining in the darkness of their grief, reflecting the goodness of God, tears come to my eyes – tears of mingled grief at the loss, with joy and peace our Father gives in the depths of turmoil.

Those who personally know Jesus Christ, know also, that His promises are true, not some of the time, but all of the time. Therefore, when He says that He holds our tears in a bottle, it is so. When He says to come to Him with our burdens and He will give rest, He does that very thing. Indeed, when His Word declares, “weeping may last through the night”, it is also true that “joy comes with the morning.” and one day — we will be together for eternity in the City of God where there is no more death or any sorrow. Oh, what a reunion that will be!

With the reading of this, please pray for the Forrester family.

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