In John 16, the disciples were very sad when Jesus told them He was going away. Jesus said to them, “And ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.” Jesus knew His death would only be the beginning of something wonderful and everlasting.

When sadness fills your heart because of the loss of a loved one, focus on Jesus’ words to His disciples. Because Jesus is the resurrection and the life, your great hope is in knowing that anyone who believes in Him will live forever, even after dying on this earth. When you have eternal life in Jesus Christ, the sorrow that you experience now will become great joy in eternity.

Some things you may never understand,
But trust in God’s big and glorious plan.

This excerpt is from the book Great Peace for the Storms of Life.