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.
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?