"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."
Our joy in this life feels tenuous. Becoming a mother taught me this in a new way. I waited until 12 weeks to make sure our son was safe before telling people we were expecting. When I realized that there were still ways we could lose him, I looked forward to 24 weeks, when a premature baby would best survive should anything go wrong. But then I saw ahead of me stillborn babies, infants dying of SIDS, toddlers drowning in bathtubs, children running out into streets. It seems our son will never be safe in
We can only pray that we and our loved ones will be safe in the way that God has allowed. In Jesus Christ, those who believe are secure. Should they die, they will only go to sleep as Stephen did and pass into eternity with their loving Creator. Should they live and suffer, God promises to be their hope and strength. We are never safe from physical, emotional, or spiritual harm in this life. But in Christ, we will be safe from eternal suffering. We will see a day when our joy will
LET OUR FUTURE REALITY TRANSFORM THE WAY WE LOOK AT OUR PRESENT REALITY - THOUGH SUFFERING BE FOR A LIFETIME, ETERNAL JOY COMES IN