“Joy does not come from positive predictions about the state of the world. It does not depend on the ups and downs of the circumstances of our lives. Joy is based on the spiritual knowledge that, while the world in which we live is shrouded in darkness, God has overcome the world. Jesus says it loudly and clearly: ‘In the world you will have troubles, but rejoice, I have overcome the world.’

The surprise is not that, unexpectedly, things turn out better than expected. No, the real surprise is that God’s light is more real than all the darkness, that God’s truth is more powerful than all human lies, that God’s love is stronger than death” (Henri Nouwen).

Those who look to Jesus and put their hope in Him have joy regardless of circumstances. Regardless of how the situation in the Ukraine plays out. Regardless of whether or not the gas prices continue to soar. Regardless of whether or not all our loved ones remain healthy and safe.

We know that happiness depends on what happens and can come and go and be as fickle as the weather. But joy, true joy that comes from God, will last and outlast any adversity or trial. Joy will endure beyond any suffering or pain because while suffering and pain are temporary, joy is as eternal as its source, God.

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