“You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy” (Psalm 30:11, NLT).

Grief and mourning are part of life. We experience it personally when tragedy hits our lives and empathetically with others. This world has enough pain and sadness that if we focused on it all the time, we might never stop crying. A friend once told me humans can only handle so much grief before going numb. I think he was right.

It might appear as though God set us for grief, pain and suffering, when in fact, it’s our own doing. We suffer the consequences of bad choices—a kind of yours, mine and ours situation. God neither set it up nor does he enjoy it, like some cruel puppet master. What he has set up is the solution to the pain, in Jesus our Savior, who entered our pain on the cross. Just as he anointed Jesus with the oil of joy, he will pour out that oil on all who turn to him. Our glimpses of joy will be fully seen in eternity. We mourn and cry today, knowing what joyful dancing awaits.

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