"There is NO joy!"
A precious baby---is taken in a moment--leaving his heart broken parents and family submerged in grief
The grief endured when loosing a precious young woman FAR too early
A mother with a disabled son--she must now watch him fight a deadly cancer
Broken families--with children reeling in the wake
Tragic accidents leaving grieving spouses encapsulated in loneliness
The slow disappearance of a spouse attacked by Alzheimer's while physically present
Illness of the mind---leaving parents at a loss as to how to advocate and unmuddle the confusion
Those who are alone and lonely--facing the world with no one by their side--some raising children
Poverty all around me-the homeless on the side of the street two blocks away
Children who are struggling with learning
and the list goes on and on--
And all the while--the whispering in my ear "There is no joy"
And then I am reminded as I look out at a beautiful blue sky---there is joy--in each and every day---but heart ache also comes our way--sometimes more than we can bear.
Then I am reminded---"There is Joy in Jesus." The real and true joy---it all comes from Him. There is no explanation for most of the other--and it is sometimes unbearable and at a minimum severely painful---THEN I LEAN in---and look to Him---the only true and complete joy.
"Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock."