Joy and Sorrow

Sometimes, it surprises me how sorrow and joy can occupy the same space inside the heart. The bitter and the sweet. Over the past few days, I’ve experienced these two emotions simultaneously.

Last Wednesday, I celebrated my birthday. That same day, a new friend of mine celebrated the 21st anniversary of the passing of his little girl. When I became aware of this, a part of me grieved for my new friend. One person’s day of celebration is another person’s day of sorrow.

Only once, for about an hour and a half on Saturday night, did I watch any of the 9-11 anniversary coverage. I couldn’t watch any more than that. It hurt too much. It was emotionally draining to watch just a small amount of this event unfold again…an event that will forever be etched in our minds and in our hearts.

This afternoon, I headed into town to attend a baby shower for a friend whose precious little girl was born just five weeks ago. The emotions I felt driving down the road were bittersweet. I was eager and excited to celebrate the birth of my friend’s child and to share in her joy and yet, at the same moment, my heart ached for all the families remembering the darkest day of their lives.

Two emotions stirred within my heart, the joy of new life and the sorrow of lives cut short.

We will never forget.

As I pondered these emotions, I couldn’t help but think of our Heavenly Father who made the bittersweet choice of sending his only Son to the cross for us. A decision that forever changed history.

Death has lost it’s sting. Death no longer has the final word. Life triumphs!

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23

7 thoughts on “Joy and Sorrow

  1. Jen

    Eileen – Can so embrace this bitter sweet feeling you talk about…and how moving at the end of your post to realize that, yes…even our heavenly Father must have encountered such feeling on the Our Savior went to the cross. Thanks for this today. Many Blessings to you ~ jen

  2. Lisa

    God experienced pain at turning away from His Son and yet joy and knowing that mankind (I) would be redeemed. Joy and pain do often share space within our hearts. Many blessings, Eileen.

  3. Tracy

    Hi Eileen, this is so true. I'm grateful that we can experience joy and laughter, even though there are things that bring sadness and bitterness at the same time. And i love how you draw our attention to God's dual feelings in saving us.
    God bless

  4. Eileen

    Joy and sorrow, the fact that they can coexist has always fascinated me. I am thankful they can…but I am REALLY looking forward to the day when sorrow and pain are completely wiped away! 🙂

  5. arnyslight

    Heb. 12:2 "For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."

    Jesus was a man of sorrows…but full of Joy!

    God bless Eileen…


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