Joy in the midst of pain, conflict, and sorrow seems to be an oxymoron. And yet the truth about the source of joy can be found in Psalm 16:11, “You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”
Joy comes from the very presence of God. It doesn’t negate other emotions, it transcends them. The presence of God is joy. That place where His presence (joy) and our pain, conflict, sorrow intersect…that is peace, knowing He’s with us, He’s got it all under control.
I’m praying a Blessing for Joy over each of you for the coming weekend:
He is the God of peace. He is the God of joy. May Emmanuel, who came to be with us, be with you in every step of this weekend's journey. May you know He is present with you throughout each day. And may you reflect His joy in all you do. Go forth in joy. May this be your heart’s cry, “Lord, let me live so people will praise you.” Psalm 143:11