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This week I shared a very joyful picture with my daughter and granddaughter on Facebook. In a relatively short amount of time, friends began to comment or “like” the photo. I have to say my joy was already complete, but as my friends joined me in celebrating this happy moment, I was “over joyed.”

In the good times and difficult times in life……………we need our friends.

Romans 12:15 says we are to- “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.”

When Elizabeth the mother of John the Baptist had her baby, this miracle was celebrated by the whole community.

Luke 1:57. 58 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.“

When Jesus was sorrowful, He wanted his disciples to be nearby.

Matthew 26:38
Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

That night they didn’t come through for Jesus. But Jesus knew that His sorrow would have been easier to bear in the fellowship of his closest friends.

I remember the time my father stayed the night on the couch in the home of his best friend, after his friend’s wife passed away. His friend let our family know that even though Dad didn’t say much that night, his presence brought much comfort.

So if the often reserved Swede’s know that joy and sorrow are to be shared, then certainly those of us who have the same Heavenly Father can share the comfort and joy of our Saviour.

Comfort and Joy,
Joe