November 24
Joy and sorrow entwined
Pastor Mark Jeske

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times,” is how Charles Dickens began A Tale of Two Cities. Have you ever noticed how joys and sorrows are constantly intertwined in our lives? Even at the bottom of the pit there are still good friends to help lift you up; even at the peak of triumph something is unraveling.

Someone is in a car accident on the way to a wedding. Grandma is too sick to come to your graduation. You finally get the house painted but a big rain causes basement flooding.

Toward the end of his life, Moses composed a poem on the ways joy and sorrow were mingled in earthly life; after listing some hard features of life, he wrote: “Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble” (Psalm 90:14,15). Moses knew the heartbreak and sorrow were givens; his hope was that God would ration out happiness in the same measure of pain that his children would have to bear.

What wonderful hope is in those words! What a comfort it is to know that God will keep sending blessings to lighten our load. Someday all tears will be wiped from our eyes. In the meantime, Lord, we depend on you to wipe away some of them.


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