Sorrow to Joy

From John 16:20:  “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.”

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Frightened, behind closed doors

Sorrowful tears cry out

Yesterday, filled with light

Today, darkness brings doubt


Disciples and others

Bewildered and scattered

Christ’s death crushes spirit

Faith’s fragileness shattered


No place to run toward

Trapped and shut-off from God

Tomorrow’s hope now gone

What makes this picture flawed?


Peter, John, and Mary

Cold, empty tomb proclaims

Resurrection witnessed

Evil’s planning in flames


Sorrow turning to joy

Messiah comes to save

Bloodied cross bears man’s sins

Chains no longer enslave


Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on

From John 20:18:  “Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’; and she told them that He had said these things to her.”

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