29 September, 2020
A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. John 16:21–22
Dear Heavenly Father, just as you have given us night that is dark and dreadful, followed by day which has light, radiance and delights all who soak in the beauty of nature, so also you have filled our cup of life to the brim, with joy and sorrow in good measure. But neither lasts forever on this earth.
Our Lord Jesus, when he lived amongst men, illustrated the sorrow his disciples would have by his departure, and the joy that they would be possessed of upon his return to them. For how do we measure the happiness of being reunited if we have not experienced the grief of parting?
Lord, we are in the throes of anguish akin to the birth pangs of a woman in labor and you have appointed us to face the penalty of sin through death and parting. Only with your saving grace can we withstand the distress of this world and put it behind us, transfigured by faith in your healing and deliverance.
The apostles of Jesus were transformed from cowardice and confusion into daring and bravado, making them bold witnesses willing to embrace martyrdom because the appearance of the Risen Lord instilled them with faith and belief in the resurrection and life eternal.
By their lives, teaching and example we await with sincere hope the dawning of a new life in Christ, when he comes again and establishes a new heaven on earth, where sorrow will be cast away along with evil, to be replaced by glorious rapture. Grant us endurance and sustaining strength till we reach our heavenly destination in Jesus’ Name. Amen