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January 23, 2013

I want to share with you a story my assistant pastor shared with us Monday night before class. He told us of a couple that were expecting their first child. The mother went into labor and finally delivered their baby. The doctors did not believe the infant would live long. The parents held him, talked to him, and loved him as much as they could. The infant died an hour after birth. When the staff started to console the parents the father stopped and said, “I rejoice for the hour God us with our child.”
I doubt that I could have been so gracious. I think I would have let God, my heavenly Father, know that I was not happy with losing my child so soon. Even though I know heaven is a far better place than earth, it still would have been hard to let him go.
There are many verses in the Bible that tell us about rejoicing. Luke 10:21 has “In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit… ” Jesus knew the ordeal he had to go through, yet he made time to rejoice.
Deuteronomy 26:11 tells us to “rejoice in every good thing which the Lord they God hath given unto thee, and unto thine house, thou and the Levite, and the stranger that is among you. Psalm 5:11 admonishes that all who trust the Lord should rejoice and shout for joy. Psalm 68: 3-4: “But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God; yea, let them exceedingly rejoice. Sing unto God, sing praises to his name; extol him, that rideth upon the heavens by his name [YAHWEH], and REJOICE BEFORE HIM.
LET THE HEAVENS REJOICE, AND LET THE EARTH BE GLAD; LET THE SEA ROAR, AND THE FULNESS THEREOF. Psalm 96:11
The first part of Isaiah 61:10 says “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God…”
Rejoice in the Lord alway; and again I say, Rejoice. Philippians 4:4
Jesus is instructing those that believe on him concerning various duties. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
God did not tell you to be happy and rejoice only in the good times. It may not be easy to always be thankful and glad for what is happening, but we are supposed to rejoice no matter what.

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  1. I think it is okay to be sad sometimes. Even Jesus cried when he was told that Lazarus died. But at least know the Bible, we have a hope that death is not the end. Those we lose in death have the chance to be return to life in a better environment.

    • You’re right about that. I just believed that since I had Jesus in my heart, a loving husband, 3 great sons, a loving family, and good friends that I really had nothing to be sad about. The sadness didn’t last long. Once the worst of the pain was gone, so was the sadness.

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