Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Fight for Joy

The past three Tuesdays I have been looking at the issue of miscarriage and what we can do to help our loved ones through such a difficult time. I want to close that series by introducing you to another series written by my husband. This past Sunday he was invited to preach the morning service at our church. What started as a sermon ended as a testimony as he shared from  his heart what the Lord has been teaching him about fighting for joy in the midst of grief.  That sermon became this series of posts:
The Fight for Joy
Over the past three months I have been in a soul-struggle for joy and gratefulness. This has stemmed from dealing with deep loneliness as well as the death of my unborn son in June. Miscarriages are not uncommon (about 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage), but saying that and knowing that doesn’t make it any easier.
And the loneliness – well, the loneliness is something I have struggled with silently for the better part of my teenage and adult years. It comes and goes, but lately it seems like it’s been coming more than it’s going. And that is hard, when you are already fighting and losing the battle for joy in your soul – our souls are the battlegrounds in which the Christian life is fought.
This series of posts (and the sermon they came out of) is the heart’s cry of a man fighting against himself and against the world for joy. I haven’t beaten it yet. I haven’t won the fight. But I am fighting. And I want you to join me.
Post continued here
Audio version of the sermon can be found here

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