"Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy."
We all face moments when everything seems so dark that it's impossible to imagine being joyful again. Trauma, suffering, and exhaustion are tragic facts of our human existence.
Our Christian faith does not deny this. We don't pretend these moments don't exist or sweep them under the rug. Instead, we meets this fact head on, by confronting it with hope. This passage about Jesus speaking to his disciples is powerful because it taps into the inner strength found in longer for and looking toward a better day.
Jesus doesn't tell them there will be no pain or weeping. But he does tell them that God will transform their suffering. Let us put our hope in a God who embraces our wounds and turns them into joy.