So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you. — John 16:22 NET
When the clouds of sorrow gather over us, we see nothing beyond them, nor can imagine how they can be dispelled; yet a new day succeeded to the night, and sorrow is never long without a dawn of ease.
— Dr. Samuel Johnson.
The fountains of joy and sorrow are for the most part locked up in ourselves…. There come to great, solitary, and sorely smitten souls moments of clear insight, of assurance of victory, of unspeakable fellowship with truth and life and God, which outweigh years of sorrow and bitterness.
— Hamilton Mabie.
My Father, may I remember that the days of my life that I give over to grief can never be reclaimed. Help me that I may not want to keep sorrow in my life, but with faith may I believe that "weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." Amen.
Daily Prayer Guide - December 13
Public domain content taken from Leaves of Life by Margaret Bird Steinmetz.