We live in a society today where we share everything, but for some reason we are more reluctant to share joys and feel much more comfortable announcing our sorrows to the world. Christian’s who should be spreading Joy; because they know the great ways that having Jesus in their lives has made them better, happier people are instead worshiping the Patron Saint of Gloom: St. Eeyore. We tend to mope around with our heads down and with a woe is me attitude. It is much easier to focus on the negatives in life as opposed to the positives. To truly embrace the teaching of Jesus Christ we must turn towards the words he tells his disciples in John 16: “Your pain will turn to Joy…your heart will rejoice and no one will take your joy from you”.

Many times our greatest joys come around the same time as our deepest sorrows. I think of one of our confirmation students. Who was celebrated in the Sanctuary one Sunday, and the following week we were in the same place, celebrating the life and mourning the loss of her grandfather. There are other stories, finding an unlikely survivor of the earthquake in Nepal while searching through the rubble for bodies of those whose lives were lost. Joe Rubinstein, a Holocaust survivor who remained joy-filled even after watching the casualties, suffering and torment around him while in multiple concentration camps.

We often find that the most joy-filled people have been through some of the worst traumas imaginable. They have chosen to focus on the delights that life has to offer, and share their joy with the world. At the same time there are those who continue to wallow in the hurt and heartache of this world. So we must choose to see the joy; to allow our mourning to be turned into dancing. We must show the world through our actions and our outward emotions that even though this world can be harsh and at times it can seem like to much; we know that soon we will see Him, and no one can take away that joy.