Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
Even a man after God’s own heart wasn’t shielded from the ups and downs of living each day on this side of heaven. At any given time, King David was a sheep protector, giant-slayer, battle wager, ark relocator, and marriage betrayer.
But it’s only in the context of these great successes and monumental failures does his declaration that “joy comes in the morning” give us renewed hope. It’s the reminder that, just as morning always follows night, hope always follows suffering when our hope is in Jesus.
This year, as we face a different kind of Christmas following a very hard year, we all need reminders that our joy begins (and ends) with the love displayed from the manger to the cross.
David’s words remind us that we serve a God of new beginnings. Every day is a fresh opportunity to find joy. Our prayer is that, in this season of Advent, you will experience the new beginnings only our Savior offers in the midst of interruption, uncertainty, and loss.
Jesus’ birth on that seemingly unremarkable Bethlehem night is our hope for today. Even as there’s pain in the night, joy still comes from a baby born that first Christmas morning.
Cynthia Yanof and your Christian Parenting Podcast Network Hosts