“A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;”
Ecclesiastes 3:4 KJV
Years ago I went to the funeral of a woman I greatly admired and respected. Her passing was a huge blow to me and my sons, not to mention the many others impacted by her quiet leadership. I marked off the entire day to be 100% present for the occasion, attending the funeral, burial at a cemetery far away, then returning to the church for a meal with other mourners. By the end of the day my grief had a different tone and had turned into celebration.
It has been a hard year for many I hold dear, and tears come more readily than laughter right now. God’s Word tells us there will be seasons like this. It’s important to take time to acknowledge what no longer is and to weep when needed. Loss appropriately grieved will lead to new joy found only in Him.
“You turned my lament into dancing; You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, so that I can sing to You and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise You forever.”
Psalms 30:11-12 HCSB🚦