It was four weeks ago that I randomly opened my Bible to the verse in Ecclesiastes that reminded me, ” there is a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” I meditated on that one verse all day. See, we had been in a six month season of mourning. My sweet father in law passed away, we lost 3 dear, long time friends, one completely unexpectedly and we have been walking around in a functioning fog for months.
if you have walked through the valley of the shadow of death before, you can understand. You do what you need to do to get through the day, but struggle to do much more.  You can find the joy of the Lord, but happiness feels like a distant memory.
Then, my mother in law was diagnosed with metastatic cancer. We were told she had weeks to months to live. She did not live three weeks after that news. So here we are, with another loss, We are numb, yet peace-filled; in pain, and yet feel God’s presence.
When people ask us how we are, we have decided to stop saying we are fine, You know what we are? We are human. We are hurting. We are probably feeling how you would feel if death, loss, and stress was surrounding you. But we are not alone. Sorrow may last for the night, but joy comes in the morning. ( Psalm 30:5). We are living and clinging to the promises of God, not focusing on what our emotions are telling us.
Here is what we know for sure: God’s word is all truth, He is faithful and we will dance again.

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