Text: Nehemiah 8:11-12
10 Nehemiah said, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep…go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our Lord, and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
In these strange days in which we find ourselves, saying “let us rejoice” may seem a little like whistling in the dark as we pass a graveyard. Yet God’s command is clear: “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
Such a command in no way denies our situation or attempts to distract our attention. Sometimes people link grief or anxiety with a lack of faith, but the Bible links our recovery with God, not with ourselves. The idea isn’t to take a deep breath and try to squeeze joy out of a broken or fearful heart but rather to tap into the joy of God’s heart.
Is this possible? Of course it is. I’ve talked to people who have lost a spouse and gained a grandchild in the same month. One event does not lessen the impact of the other. Our joy is in one pocket and our grief in another. But slowly our joy for the grandchild deepens while our grief for our loss transforms from sharp anguish to loving memories.
Join with us this Sunday as we have our first telecasted worship service. Details on how to do that will be in this week’s newsletter.
“This is the day, which the Lord has made. Let us”….well you know the rest!