Even as we celebrate the joys of life, there is another part of us that grieves for those who suffer. And it is this spiritual sorrow that is our rite of passage into ministry. Thus it was with Jesus and His experience teaches us that it is not only possible to experience joy and sorrow simultaneously, but that it is mandatory if we are to live as authentic human beings.
"He was...a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering" (Isaiah 53:3).
Lord Jesus, teach us to live experiencing both joy and sorrow so we can be emotionally present in each ministry encounter. In Your holy name I pray. Amen.