Choose Joy

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Another funeral. A widow, who is usually so bubbly with a wonderful smile is now grieving. When I reflect on the people who have passed away this year and those left behind, my heart grieves. Where is the joy when there is so much sorrow?

I recently watch an interview on YouTube of a celebrity who is experiencing grief. She commented that even in the grief, there is always something to be thankful for. I was encouraged by her words. 

Even in grief and suffering, there is light. Sometimes you have to look for it, but it is there. Once we have grieved and are empty, then we can allow ourselves to heal and grow. Life will be different without our loved one. 

I have heard from two people who are grieving right now who have said they have realized that they are stronger than they thought they were. How amazing it that! 

In the Bible it says, “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.” (Psalm 126:5 NIV). After the tears comes joy. But I think it is also a choice. Some may choose to continue to be sad or angry because of the great loss. From what I see, I think it is important to choose joy. Life is more enjoyable when we choose joy. It is harder to be around people who are always sad or angry. Agreed, it is not always easy to choose joy. Memories may make it difficult and, at times, impossible to feel joy. That’s part of the healing process. 

Experiencing sorrow, unpleasant and awful as it is, is part of life. Choosing joy after the tears, or through the tears, is a beautiful thing. 

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