a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
Ecclesiastes 3:4 ESV
In the words of a song, “life is full of light and shadow, o the joy, and o the sorrow”. Happiness and sadness seem to uneasily coexist in an unresolved dance. Solomon states a simple but profound truth, there is a time for both joy and sorrow at different points in life.
The new testament adds new layers of meaning: “rejoice with those who rejoice, mourn with those who mourn”. So we aren’t to just be happy or sad individualistically, but also in solidarity with one another. And the new testament says to always rejoice, so it is possible to rejoice in the face of bad circumstances.
Jesus says blessed (happy) are those who mourn (are sad) because they will be comforted. So even if we are unhappy, that’s not the end of the story if we belong to Him. Weeping may last for the night, but joy comes in the morning.
“Father God, thank You that even when we’re sad, You comfort us in our sorrows. Thank You that unhappiness will soon be a thing of the past, through faith in Jesus, in whose name we pray, amen”