Sorrow turns to joy

Sorrow turns to joy

In just over a week we will celebrate our oldest daughter’s 20th birthday. This is astonishing…how could Leigh-Ann and I be old enough to have had a kid for two decades.

During the pregnancy, we had plenty of “first-time” experiences. Such as the time when Leigh-Ann was super-pregnant wanted some relief (because KC August) so we sneaked into a lake after hours. We felt amazing-well…until a Ranger spotted us. He shined a spotlight on us submerged in the water with just our heads popping out and over his loudspeaker told us to get out of the lake. I’m sure he was pretty surprised when a clearly pregnant mother-to-be walked out of the water 😊.

I guess I could write about our awkward Lamaze class….I’ll just say this…15-20 couples I had never met on the floor with pillows, attempting to figure out breathing techniques and watching videos that have still scarred me to this day….

When we arrived at the hospital, we spent some time walking the halls. This was when things began to get serious. Even though Leigh-Ann was the one who had every right to be nervous, I was also apprehensive knowing we were close to the valley of the shadow of death. Listening to screams from other rooms in the birthing center didn’t help.

After a very intense labor (which by the way, Leigh-Ann did amazing!), I will never forget the final stages. I almost passed out because I literally forgot to breathe! I was holding my breath with every set of pushes. The one activity we had spent a whole day learning and practicing went right out the window-I failed.

Then amidst all of the excitement, a little baby suddenly appeared…the nurses wiped her off and handed her to Leigh-Ann and EVERYTHING was right in the world.

Within seconds the atmosphere went from pain and struggle to absolute joy.

This Sunday, we are going to study from John 16:16-24 about turning sorrow into joy. In these verses, Jesus actually illustrates the progression by referencing childbirth. Even in difficult times, we have hope because Jesus has promised to turn our sorrow into joy, but you have to come Sunday to learn how…:).

I sure hope you can join us in person at 8:00, 9:15 (Full KidCity) or 10:45 am, or watch the Livestream on YouTube (Like and Subscribe) or Facebook at 10:45 am.