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(Advent Week 3: JOY) One Long Night

My friend is having surgery today, marking the end of a battle against cancer in 2014, a year that has seemed like one long night at times.

When life becomes one long night and the morning seems far away, there’s a sense that life is what it is.  But.  I can assure you, God is the God of more.  I’ve experienced God’s more on a daily basis in every season and circumstance of life.

With God, an ending becomes the door to a new beginning, the light of day breaks through the darkness of the night, pain gives way to healing, and joy comes, even in the deepest sorrow, the kind that colors the world gray and makes everything and anything seem pointless.

I’ve underlined and counted on the promise of God’s more in the phrase: “joy comes with the morning” in the book of Psalms:

“Weeping may last through the night,

    but joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30:5, NLT). 

Morning has come.   God has called several of us to be a part of a new work and my friend is included in it.  One thing is for sure . . . God always has something more planned . . . and I am always surprised.  I will be sharing the story in the New Year; however, I thought I would give you a sneak peak of our new-to-us office:


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Joy does come with the morning, even, after one long night.

Today . . . light the candle symbolizing hope . . .  light the candle symbolizing love . . . and light the candle symbolizing joy, remembering joy comes with the morning.

It matters–Kerrie

(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

Categories: advent, joy

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