“Whenever a woman is in labor she has pain, because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a child has been born into the world” (John 16:21).

Pain and joy have always had a strange relationship. Each one must exist to truly appreciate and understand the other. The birth of a child, for example, heralds in a degree of joy that could not have been anticipated by the pain experienced in labor and delivery. While the world seeks to replace your pain with any number of things that may, well indeed, bring momentary pleasure and satisfaction, the Christian faith is unique in that it brings forth a permanent and lasting joy from the very thing that produces our pain and sorrow.

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