Good grief

I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn over what is going to happen to me, but the world will rejoice. You will grieve, but your grief will suddenly turn to wonderful joy. John 16:20

Jesus’ horrific death causes grief even among those who don’t believe He is Messiah. Only when we realize that He is the Hope of nations, the Savior of the world, the Prince of peace can that grief turn to joy. Only when we regret our own sins and accept our personal guilt for His crucifixion can we experience the joy of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Lord, take my whole life, all I have and all I am, for words like “sorry” and “thanks” are hollow without it.