Joy Comes With The Morning

This is Day 23 of 31 in my Write 31 Days series: 31 Stories of God’s Grace. I also am linking up for the Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today’s prompt is “Joy.” Write for five minutes; unedited.


“Weeping may come for the night, but joy comes with the morning!” –Psalm 30:5

This has become a  favorite verse in my life. It really began to appear in my life after the 2010 Haiti Earthquake. My friend Renee, her husband Ben and Ben’s cousin Jon were in Haiti when the earthquake struck. I was in Gettysburg PA as a small group leader for the Diaconal Ministry formation event. Eventually we received the news of Ben’s death. My small group was to lead  worship that night we found out Ben had lost his life in the earthquake. As people entered into worship, we had Ben’s version of  Psalm 30 playing through the loudspeakers.

Ever since this song has become one of my favorites. It also is such a beautiful joy filled promise! Even in our darkest times, God finds a way to eventually show us light; to show us God’s grace at all times and in all places. God’s grace shines the light even in the most gut wrenching places. We just can’t always see it or find it.

Our lives are full of brokenness, sadness, celebrations, and joy. It is during those times when it feels like it is going to be night forever when God especially offers God’s grace. God knows when the morning and that joy will return.

For me, the joy has come in seeing my mom live a joy- filled faith-filled life. The joy has come in seeing a new relationship form where it once was broken. That joy has come in seeing friends finally get pregnant again after trying for so very long. I have seen that joy come in God’s grace being offered again and again and again!

If you are feeling like it is a long dark dank night, please know and trust in the promises of Psalm 30. That night soon will come to a close and you will be awakened to God’s grace as the sun begins to rise and a beautiful sunrise is spread out for your eyes to see.

“Weeping may come for the night, but joy comes with the morning!”–Psalm 30:5

Mourning into Dancing–Ben Larson

30 thoughts on “Joy Comes With The Morning

  1. I wrote about this verse, too. It's hard to remember the joy that comes after the weeping. But, it does… Often in unexpected but beautiful ways. Thanks for this wonderful reminder! (I'm at spot 36!) -Annie

  2. What a wonderful piece of encouragement. You always have a way of saying something meaningful even in the midst of struggle. I think it's a gift you've been given. Praise God for all he has done!

  3. This is so encouraging: "That night soon will come to a close and you will be awakened to God's grace as the sun begins to rise and a beautiful sunrise is spread out for your eyes to see." Amen, and amen! Thanks, friend, for your words of life!

  4. This is a beautiful post. "God's grace shines the light even in the most gut wrenching places." This is so true, and such a great reminder that we always have the hope of joy in God, whatever the circumstances.

  5. Thank you, Tara, for this reminder. In the craziness and weight of life we can become weary in the night. I am so grateful for His amazing grace that carries us through! So thankful for His faithfulness! (I'm in spot 40 this week at FMF)

  6. Tara,
    Ben's song took me to our Green place from last week. Thank you for sharing. This verse brought me back to a youth conference from high school. "You've turned my mourning into dancing again, you've lifted my sorrow. I can't stay silent, I must sing for the joy has come."
    Truly, the Spirit was with you as you wrote, though. There is so much praise and hope in your post this week. Not a drop of despair. Bless you, Tara!
    Love,
    Tammy

    • I am so glad Ben's song took you to that Green place from last week. Thank you for saying that my post is full of so much praise and hope and not a drop of despair. The Holy Spirit was definitely with me as I wrote. Bless you too, Tammy!

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