Rejoice in the Face of Suffering?

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Romans 12:15
But what happens when you’re rejoicing and they’re still weeping?
Those moments are hard. I found myself there yesterday just after we received news of my husband’s clear CT scan. I struggled over a public praise of God for a miraculous healing, because I was strongly conscious of several friends still suffering, still hoping and still waiting for their’s.
I’ve been in those shoes. Other’s are celebrating, but from where I sat life looked bleak. When our child was in addiction recovery it hurt to see his peers meet traditional milestones of success. I felt truly happy for them …and sorry for me.
Would I have wanted their joy to stop?? No way! It gave me renewed hope just to hear the possible. Slowly I became aware that God was using this unusual path for some unique achievements and maturity. I could never have imagined such a thing.
This let me know rejoicing is ok, even when those around me suffer. It may even bring hope or just a moment of joy. A friend (still in the hospital) reminded me of that today. I have cried for her and I will wait with her and in the midst we will rejoice together…
because God is the God of Hope ❤️
ForGlorySake! – Anna


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