Read: Hebrews 12:12-13
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: “For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5 NIV
A friend mentioned that while grocery shopping, he suddenly felt a need to cry. He felt a great sadness in his heart and yet the tears would not come. Emotions – we all have them. My friend’s feelings reminded me of my own emotions which can bring about a feeling of sadness. I do not always know why the sadness has come to me when it seemed that “everything was fine.” I prayed about this and was reminded of the command to bear one another’s burdens. We do not always know why the Lord asks us to do certain things, yet we proceed in faith and trust. Perhaps when sudden sadness comes to me, I am being asked to help carry the burden of another? Yes, I believe that when this feeling comes over me that perhaps somewhere there is an individual who is feeling unable to go on and weighed down to the breaking point. I believe a brief period of unexplained sadness in my heart means that I may be carrying some of his load for him. I have sometimes, when praying for healing for an individual, found myself feeling pain in the very way that the other was experiencing. This is not unusual, and I believe it’s another way in which the body of Christ supports one another. As the Psalmist wrote, “weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” God is good . . . always!
PRAYER: Lord, you ask so little of us and yet you choose to shower us with your grace and bless us with gifts greater than we can desire or pray for. Help us to follow where you lead and to keep our eyes fixed on you alone, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
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