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Joy Comes in the Morning - Wholly Loved - December 17

Joy Comes in the Morning

By Susan Aken

“For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5

When my dad died years ago, I felt like grief had become my companion. The unwelcome guest who wouldn’t leave. Painful times can feel like that.

But anytime we’re in a stage of sorrow, we can know that in time it will pass. We may mourn for weeks, months, or even years but rejoicing will return, and the believer always retains joy when we think of our Lord and all He’s done and promises to do.

On a deeper level, we’re all in a night of weeping. Our world is filled with heartache, pain, death, and tragedy. We feel like it shouldn’t be this way, and we’re right for God didn’t intend for sin and defeat to corrupt our lives. From the beginning of time, He knew He would send Jesus to take away our sin and give us the hope of a new day.

One day Jesus will return and make all things new. The eternal morning will come! What rejoicing there will be!

“See,” God said in Isaiah 65:17, “I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.”

In the book of Revelation, after John, one of Jesus’s disciples, received a supernatural vision of our future, he proclaimed, “Then I saw ‘a new heaven and a new earth,’ for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea ... He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away’” (Revelation 21:1, 4).

What a day that will be!  As we wait, we cling to the truth that our sorrow is temporary. In Christ, His joy is always in our hearts even during the hard times.

Susan Aken is a homemaker, teacher, writer, and frequent contributor to Wholly Loved Ministries’ projects. She lives in Nebraska but was born and raised in Oklahoma. She and her husband have one son. Her greatest love is for the Lord Jesus Christ who has redeemed her and set her free. Susan enjoys reading, photography, spending time with family and friends, and writing. She has a heart for prayer ministry and loves her church. Visit her online at

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