It can be frightening to be happy- to have joy, because I’m afraid it cannot and will not last (foreboding joy as Brene Brown calls it). But even when I get past that and decide I can and will have joy in the present beautiful uncertainty, I wonder if it’s really ok if I’m happy while someone else is not. Then, the problem becomes that there are so many someone else’s, and so much to be sad about. Trying to remember to reframe this in my mind – to celebrate the good that breaks through the evil. I’m trying to remember that moments of joy are from God, and the beauty reminds us of how things should be and how it will be when all is fully restored. There are beautiful moments in life, and it is right to celebrate them and thank God for them. Light can and does exist in the midst of darkness. There is awful darkness, but there is also light and the light has overcome the darkness. I can and will celebrate the light!
The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.