“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15
In part of being in community with others, there are some who are celebrating and there are some who are mourning. There are some who are blessed with good times and there are some who are enduring rough times. I’m reminded of this regularly when I hear news from friends and family.
I’m reminded of one couple that I knew from seminary that are celebrating the arrival of their son whom they adopted from Ethiopia. I rejoice for them as they have waited for a long time for the paperwork to go through to be able to bring him home. I’m also reminded of a friend from grade school who is grieving over the loss of his wife who passed away after a long fight with cancer. I weep for him and his family over the loss.
When we rejoice with others and when we weep with others, we are reminded that it’s not just about us. God wants us to see beyond us to those around us, to love on those around us. At the same time, when circumstances bring us to joy or to grief, others need to come alongside us to rejoice and weep.
This week, celebrate the victories and mourn the losses. And remember that throughout all of it God is right there through it all.