“Man born of woman is short of days and full of trouble. He blossoms like a flower, then withers; he flees like a shadow and does not last.
Since man’s days are determined and the number of his months depends on You, and since You have set limits he cannot pass, look away from him and let him rest so that he can enjoy his day like a hired hand. There is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its shoots will not die.
But a man dies and fades away; he breathes his last — where is he?
When a man dies, will he come back to life? If so, I would wait all the days of my struggle until my relief comes.
But as a mountain collapses and crumbles and a rock is dislodged from its place, as water wears away stones and torrents wash away the soil from the land, so You destroy a man’s hope.
He feels only the pain of his own body and mourns only for himself.”
Job 14:1-2, 5-7, 10, 14, 18-19, 22 HCSB
Even in pain may I find joy Father. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
When we’re tormented how often do we find, recognize, and praise the goodness in our lives? While in pain, how often are we testifying to the pleasures caused by God? We need to find the joy within even when we see and feel nothing but agony, emptiness and loss. Even a little light will make us feel full.
I believe that one thing that has always been a constant in my life is my ability to find light, joy, and laughter even during my darkest hours—immediately after the death of a loved one, while a loved one counts down the days until they take their last breath, death of one who never entered our world, during injuries and illnesses, loss of home and personal property, and so much more—I’ve still found within a laugh, a smile, and reason to keep believing, hoping, praying, and praising.
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