Ezra 3:12-13 (NIV)
12 But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. 13 No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.
In 2015 we will go through many different experiences it won't all be good and it won't all be bad. The author of Ecclesiastes says there's a time and season for everything. The book of Ezra reminds me that even though we will all go through times of weeping don't let it drown out your shouts of Joy.
I know of a couple who tragically lost not one but two children, both were very young in age. I watched how they coped during these tragic times. Here's what I observed:
1. They both grieved deeply but did not become bitter.
2. They kept family and friends close to them and did not isolate themselves. This meant there was always lots of laughter around them and lots of support when they needed it.
3. They have always kept the memories of their children alive. This helped in teaching their other children that death is a part of life.
4. They drew closer to God and to the church family. They didn't become bitter with God or the church, which would've been an understandable response, but seemed to love God and their church family even more.
It says: v13 No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.
Pray that as you go through whatever this year may bring that you won't let anything drown out the JOY in your heart.
Cheering you on! Nu