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    Saturday 22nd February – Sharing joy and sorrow

    Saturday 22nd February – Sharing joy and sorrow
    February 21, 2020 Judith Simms

    I will weep when you are weeping
    When you laugh I’ll laugh with you;
    I will share your joy and sorrow
    Till we’ve seen this journey through

    The fourth verse of Richard Gillard’s hymn speaks of the ups and downs in life’s journey. Life’s journey is full of highs and lows, joys and sorrows. It is a real privilege to walk with people through the highs of life, but the greater privilege is to walk with them through the darkness.

    Walking through the darkness with someone creates a deep bond that is difficult to explain. Being with someone at the darkest point in their lives, seeing them at one of their worst moments, changes a relationship.

    When Jesus met with Martha and Mary at the death of their brother, Lazarus, their relationship changed. Martha would finally show a great depth of understanding of who Jesus was, Mary would go on to anoint his feet. The relationship was also changed for Jesus. He was moved to weep for his friend, to raise him from the dead, but also to see all of them in a new light.

     

    God of darkness and light
    We thank you for all the blessing we have in our lives
    For the joys and the celebrations
    Help us to remember that even in the darkness you are there
    You are our strength and comfort
    Give us the courage to walk with others
    Not only in the joys of life
    But in the deepest sorrows
    As you are with us
    Amen

     

    You can download this Prayer for the Weekly here
    Prayers for February written by Revd Claire Rawlinson
    Picture: photo by Hian Oliveira on Unsplash