Mourning to Morning

Psalm 30:11 — You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness (NKJV).

Psalm 30:5 declares, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (NKJV). God is turning your mourning into morning. In exchange for your grief, He’s clothing you with gladness. He has turned it for you!

Sorrow is meant to be seasonal, not a permanent stomping ground. 2 Corinthians 7:10 teaches that worldly grief leads to death. When not dealt with properly, this form of sorrow gives birth to self-pity. It’s certainly healthy to grieve for a season because life is full of unfairness, but don’t get lost in your loss.

Both Heidi and I lost our dads to cancer exactly two weeks apart. It was one of the darkest and most difficult times of our lives. No one is ready or properly prepared for such a hit, and we took it hard. We grieved and would have continued to grieve, but one day God turned it. We realized we were still on this earth for a reason, and the last place our dads would want us is curled up on the floor of our closet bawling.

If your mourning hasn’t turned yet, I encourage you to start rejoicing now as we did then. Dawn is breaking; morning has come! As you rejoice in faith, I believe God is replacing your weeping with laughter and your sorrow with joy. Hallelujah!

John 16:20 — “Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy” (NIV).

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