It was Queen Elizabeth who said that “grief is the price we pay for love.” And it was her grandson Prince Harry who recently shared that when you’re grieving you need to know that there is laughter after the tears, happiness to be found, life to be lived.
Some days when we’re in a hard season, when we’re having a tough time facing whatever we’re facing, it helps to look a little further down the road at someone who perhaps has walked a similar path. We look for glimpses of life after tears, of joy and brightness. We hang on to the stories of bravery, of overcoming, of slugging it out and making it to the other side. It lets us breathe and know that this too shall pass.
Sometimes it is a simple as hearing that the sleepless nights will end, the stress at work won’t last and even that the dentist appointment will be ok!
It’s knowing that the horizon will beckon us forward again to new seasons. There is a time to mourn, to weep, but there also comes a time of laughter and dancing. And it’s knowing that God is here with us today in the tears, but there tomorrow too with abundant grace and mercy.
“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)