As banishment from Eden preceded the incarnation, as the annunciation preceded the birth, as three days preceded the Finding, as the passion and death preceded the Resurrection, sorrow precedes joy. So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. Jn 16:22
Sorrow is manifestation of the hand of God, “my father’s business.” Lk 2:49 Joy in the midst of sorrow is the realization of the hand of God. Faith grasps the hand of God in the darkness of sorrow and gives birth to joy.
Faith is the belief in the goodness of God regardless of the circumstances; faith is solidified and strengthened by the challenges of bad or even evil things being faced and, with God’s help as savior, overcome. Amen. Alleluia!!!