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The Healing Of Sorrow

4 these words from John

4 these words from John Henry Newman’s hymn, “Lead, Kindly Light.” “Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom, Lead thou me on; The night is dark, and I am far from home; Lead thou me on; Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see The distant scene; one step enough for me.” Or consider the simple truth of Joseph Scriven’s hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” “What a Friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and grief to bear! What a privilege to carry Everything to God, in prayer! O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry Everything to God in prayer!”

5 2 Turn to the “Divine Alchemist” Author S.I. McMillen noted: “The divine Alchemist can miraculously change a sorrowing heart of lead into a golden mellowness that sings praises through tears.” McMillen’s observation is a biblical one. Consider these encouraging words from Psalm 30:11: “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.” We should also keep in mind the promise of Christ: “You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy” (John 16:20). The lesson is clear: in times of discouragement and darkness, we can turn to God in faith and trust that the darkness will give way to the light. 3 Remind Yourself that a Higher Purpose is at Work As we turn to God, we should keep in mind that there is often a higher purpose for our sorrow and difficulty. A biblical example of that higher purpose working can be seen in the life of Joseph. The book of Genesis records the abuse heaped upon Joseph by his brothers. He was beaten, thrown into a well, left for dead, and then

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