Pain and Joy

Author: Bethany Acker — Host: Natty AndersonPosted on: April 18, 2024

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Pain and Joy

READ: PSALMS 42:1–43:5; 46:1-5; MATTHEW 26:37-38

Sometimes, you cry tears
They fall as hard as the rain
It feels just like a storm
This life, full of pain

But just as quickly, the sun appears
A smile comes to your face
Joy in your life again
It’s a beautiful time and place

God is with you through these moments
The ups and downs of days
He gives light to the darkness
Has a listening ear when you pray

Pain and joy are a part of life
Both times will come, you know
Tears and smiles until the end
Our God will hold you and not let go • Bethany Acker

• How could it be comforting to know that Jesus personally experienced all the joys and sorrows of being human, and He promises to be with us through all the ups and downs of life?

• Even when we experience deep sadness, it can be helpful to remember that these feelings won’t last forever. We will feel happy again, maybe in a few minutes, maybe in a few days. However, if it’s been more than a couple weeks since you’ve felt happy, you may be experiencing a form of depression. This is nothing to be ashamed of—depression can be the result of several factors, and many people will experience depression at least once in their life. God does not stand far off when we are depressed. Jesus grieves our hurts alongside us and wants to help us heal, not only through His Word and through prayer, but also through community with fellow Christians and the expertise of professionals like counselors, therapists, and doctors. If you think you might be experiencing depression, who is a trusted adult you could talk to about it?

• If you need someone to talk to, you can set up an appointment for a one-time complimentary phone consultation with a Christian counselor through the Focus on the Family Counseling Service. In the United States, call 1-855-771-HELP (4357) weekdays 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) to set up an appointment. In Canada, book your appointment by calling 1-800-661-9800 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) and ask to speak with the care associate.

“And be sure of this: I [Jesus] am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20b (NLT)