Today's Daily Bread
Fri. May 6, 2016: Acts 18:9-18; John 16:20-23
Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy. This part of John’s Gospel is often called the “Farewell Discourse” because Jesus is preparing the disciples for his departure. He acknowledges that they will grieve -- all of us do, when someone we love dies. But Jesus makes two promises: They will see him again, and grief will give way to joy. When we’re raw with grief, it’s hard to imagine feeling joy again. And even though the grief never goes away, with time, it’s no longer an open wound -- and yes, we are able to rejoice. Surround and sustain us in times of grief, Lord Jesus.