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Lenten Devotional – Day 35 – From Sorrow to Gladness

Scripture: John 16:20

20 What I’m about to tell you is true. You will weep and mourn while the world is full of joy. You will be sad, but your sadness will turn into joy.

On August 25, 1984 my forty-four year old mother and best-friend, Lula, died from pancreatic cancer, leaving her husband and six children covered in a veil of grief and sadness. Every year after her death, as the days and months passed by, I could feel the dread, sadness, and sorrow in my heart as the month of August approached.

I asked the Lord to remove the cloak of heaviness and sadness that I constantly felt, and while the pain lessened, it didn’t cease. Six years after the death of my mother I received the joyous news that I was expecting. When my doctor said my due date was August 25 I burst into tears. I explained my reaction to my doctor and she agreed to induce my labor before my due date.

When the time came, on August 23, 1990, she did induce labor, however I was discharged after twenty-four hours as the baby wouldn’t budge.  On the morning of August 25, my labor began spontaneously and my son arrived quickly. I cried as I held him. My Aunt Joyice, my mother’s sister, said, “This day for the last six years has been marked with mourning and sadness, but today we celebrate with joy and gladness the birth of Jamil!”

Prayer: Thank you Lord for the blessing of turning our pain and sorrow into joy and gladness in Jesus’s name,  Amen!

  – Tracy Porter – Pasadena, California

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