Joy in the Midst of Sorrow: Some Encouragement and A Prayer

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I don’t know why I wait so long to cry out to Jesus when I’m sad. I seem to always forget that He is always only a prayer away and always there to comfort me. Well, today at work I felt miserable for a while until I realized that I was suffering needlessly. I prayed “Lord I’m so sad, please comfort me.” That was it. No fancyness to it. And within maybe a minute I felt God’s presence comforting my soul. I felt full of joy and peace for no apparent reason at all; I was simply happy and content wrapped up in God’s presence. Matthew 7:7-11 says:

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

Matthew 7:7-11

So, if you find yourself feeling depressed today, just ask for comfort. It might take a little strength to pray even a simple prayer, but all you need to say is:

“Lord, please comfort me”.

Even if you need to pray it more than once throughout the day, God is always there and ready to come to your aid and lift your spirit; all you have to do is ask.

I’d like to say here that Jesus promised we would have trouble in this world, but He wants us to have peace in the midst of it:

33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

Some of our grief comes from the fact that we are not in heaven yet; we don’t belong here on Earth. At least not permanently. This broken world is not our home. But, even while we’re here, God’s will is for us to rejoice and give thanks at all times:

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Joy and gratitude are things we have to choose; they don’t come naturally. At least not in my experience. A lot of our sorrow comes from attachment to this world. A lot of it also comes from a lack of contentment with what we have. Contentment is something that takes practice, but it is healing to the heart:

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

1 Timothy 6:6-10

So, we were never promised a pain free life. But we can have joy and peace even in difficult times. All it takes is a little bit of prayer and gratitude, and choosing joy. Lastly, just know this, if nothing else seems to be helping: you have a home in heaven with Jesus to look forward to. This world isn’t your home, and your painful situation isn’t permanent.

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and God bless!

Love,

Savannah

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