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Lenten Devotional – The Sixth Sunday in Lent – Palm Sunday – Joy in the Midst of Sorrow

Scripture: John 16:22

22 That’s the way it is with you. Now it’s your time to be sad. But I will see you again. Then you will be full of joy. And no one will take away your joy.

A number of years ago, my wife’s brother died suddenly. His funeral was delayed because one of his sons was at sea. The day after the funeral my wife’s father entered the hospital. A couple of days later her grandmother entered the hospital. Within the week her grandmother died and then her father died the
next day. It was a time of great sorrow. To this day sometimes tears come to my eyes when I remember.

However, when I think back there were also moments of joy during this time and the time following. When my wife left to help her mother, I stayed
behind for several days until I could join her. We were overwhelmed with support from others, some expected and some unexpected. My mother-in-law’s church and friends, along with family, all stepped in. Members of our church called me daily and brought food before I joined my wife. They also called my wife to check on her. I will never forget that the Sunday before I was to join my wife, our Sunday School Class held a group hug and prayer for us.

Even in this time of sorrow and the times that followed, we experienced joy in the support we received, the shared memories, and the deepening relationships that followed.

Prayer: Lord help us to remember that you are always with us and provide support through those around us. Help us to provide your support to those
around us.

  – Alvin Jenkins – Lenoir City, Tennessee



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