A Sad Heart

Even in laughter the heart is sad, and the end of joy is grief. Proverbs 14:13

My dear friend chuckles with a hint of sarcasm and a whole lot of pain.  There isn’t any joy in that laughter.  My heart breaks.

I try hard to match the pain with my perky chipper “Praise God” attitude.  Still no joy.  My heart crumbles.

I want to shake her and scream, “Look around you….. Don’t you see God?”  Instead, silence falls between us.  Awkwardness.  I hope she heard my heart’s cry.

Sometimes people need to be reminded that Jesus heals pain.  Jesus can take the sorrowful heart and bring joy.  If we allow Him to do so……

In Luke 7, there is a sweet story of sorrow tucked into God’s word.  A widow was about to bury her only son.  Jesus came upon this funeral procession.  This widow’s heart was shattered in a million pieces.  Her hope gone.  Her son gone.  Her life gone.  Jesus told her, “Do not weep.” (Luke 7:13)  He, then, raised her son from the dead.

Did she stop Him?  No.  She allowed Him to heal.  She didn’t scream and tell Jesus to back off, leave me alone, or any of the sort.  She simply allowed Him to heal….. to bring joy back into her heart.

Allow God to heal your sorrows…….. God bless…….

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