'Those who sow in tears shall reap with songs of joy.' (Psalm 126:6)
Weeping and laughter, sorrowing and rejoicing, the whole span of human emotion in one short sentence. We can be filled with joy in an instant and weep the next moment, or vice versa. When we are gripped by grief this is a common experience. Our emotions become a rollercoaster, where we have little or no control and just have to try and ride the wave as it takes us. But there is a direction to our experience, even if we cannot feel it. We are moving from pitch black to a lesser darkness, from sadness towards a tacit acceptance. And yes, towards joy. The Psalmist reassures us that this is so. Hearing these words holds out the hope that joy is possible, for someone, and perhaps even for us.