Joy skipped along her way enjoying every moment, savoring the sights and sounds of her everyday life, as her heart overflowed with praise and thanksgiving to her Father.
Sorrow, on the other hand, was somewhat defiant, rebelling against her Father, grumbling because of the pain in her life.
Nevertheless, they both experienced the same trials and heartaches, and yet, they each went about their day singing a different tune.
Joy’s jubilant chorus always brought pleasure to those around her with her harmonious voice and libretto of gaiety.
However, Sorrow constantly fought with Joy for dominance, trying harder to sing louder than her sister did. Sorrow’s somber song numbed the ears of those within hearing distance, as she chanted a dirge of lament with discordant notes and negative words.
Joy knew the sorrow of her sister; however, Sorrow had never known the joy of her sister.
One day, Sorrow complained to Joy, “You’re always so joyful; you’ve never experienced the sad things of life. You’ve never had your heart broken. You’ve never lost a love. You’ve never experienced health issues. You’ve never had everything taken away from you. You’ve never known dark nights of anguish, when tears stain your pillow. You’ve never known a path of loneliness.”
Joy responded, “Oh, for goodness sake! You know I have! I have gone through the same sufferings you have. But I’ve found that special comfort from Father that transcends sorrow. Without you, Sorrow, I could never sing…and you, Sorrow, can never make it through life without me.”
Sorrow walked off, with arms crossed and head bowed in dejection.
Father Comfort said to Sorrow, “There will always be sorrow and joy. And one without the other makes a soul incomplete, a heart lacking the full spectrum of grace.
“If you do not share in your sister’s joy, your cousin Despair may come knocking on your door. My consolation, My encouragement, is always yours for the asking.
“If you never knew sorrow, you would never know My joy; if you never knew pain, you would never know My healing; if you never knew heartache, you would never know My comfort.
“Without the darkest night, how would you appreciate the glorious dawn that follows? My joy is your strength.”
Saddened by His daughters’ discord, Father Comfort decided to adopt Grace. Joy was elated to have Grace inhabit the same house with them. But Sorrow? Sorrow just sighed.
Grace came with open arms, ready to receive both Joy and Sorrow. She embraced Joy and Sorrow, uniting them and making them complete in the Father.
From then on, Joy’s song deepened into comfort and Sorrow’s lament softened into thankfulness.
Grace walked hand in hand with Joy and Sorrow …“as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing.” (2 Cor. 6:10a NKJV)
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