May 11 2018
Jesus said to his disciples, “Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy.
“When a woman is in labor, she has pain, because her hour has come. But when her child is born, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy of having brought a human being into the world.
“So you have pain now; but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. On that day you will ask nothing of me. Very truly, I tell you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.”
Good Morning Gentle Readers
I really dislike the winter, the cold. The snow, clearing frost off my car, all of it, and yet I live in Southern Ontario Canada, and to be honest it is where I want to live. Every year I watch the seasons change and I do love the spring, the summer and the fall and yes that first snow fall, the crisp air, and of course Christmas makes the winter for me.
Life is sort of like the changing seasons, we have good times and bad, dry spells and times when everything flows and goes our way. I have lived in times of darkness and despair, and I have lived in times of joy and love, and always in the good and the bad, God has been there with me, always helping, always weeping with my sorrow and rejoicing in my joy.
The changing seasons call us to appreciate the rhythms of life. Jesus beckons his disciples to lean into that same cadence in this passage: “You will grieve,” he says, “You will weep and mourn.” He speaks of the phases of grief and joy a mother experiences in child birth, and explains that she experiences pain “because her hour has come.”
This passage offers us permission to sit with the seasons, even those of grief or pain that come our way. Jesus anchors us in the reality that God is constantly at work in this dynamic world that ebbs and flows, gives and takes. No matter how much change or even suffering we experience, we know that in Jesus Christ, the victory has already been won—unexpected or even unfavourable environments do not have to separate us from God.
“So you have pain now,” Jesus tells us, “but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.”
Today as you go through the joys of the day or the heart break remember that God is with you on the journey, always right here beside you in all you do….
Take Care and God Bless