Red Letter Day 41: No One Will Take Away Your Joy

2015 Lent Blog

Monday March 30

unnamed(23)Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, `In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’? I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.
(John 16:19-22)

During Holy Week Jesus worked to prepare his disciples for his death. He talked about grief and how it will be changed to joy. I love the analogy that he used about childbirth and about how the blessing of the child makes one forget the anguish of the birth. I have had women tell me you do not forget the pain, but it is small compared the incredible joy that one experiences with a new child. Jesus is trying to explain and make sense of the changing nature of life.

I have made the analogy before in something I have personally experienced roller coasters. Life at times is like a roller coaster. There are peaks and valleys. I remember when I first started to love roller coasters. At first you white knuckle the ride and try to stop be thrown about and that is terrifying because you cannot do it. Roller Coasters became great for me when I relaxed and enjoyed the feeling of being weightless flying over hills. What Jesus wants us to know here is that he ultimately brings us is a joy that permeates even the harder days. That is the joy that cannot be taken away.

In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Dave

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