When Jesus told the disciples that he would soon be leaving them, he talked of joy that would grow in them though things appeared hopeless. They would have a perspective from God that would give them the hope of a new day.

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. 21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. 

Jesus compares joy to the arrival of a child. A woman suffers, but also looks through the pain to the arrival of new life. There is a hopefulness that can trump your pain. With the joy that God gives, circumstances and people do not have the authority to take it from you.

Was there a time when you had more joy in your life? When we encounter painful trials, celebration is a spiritual practice that gives us the strength to keep going.

Shall we keep going?