Jesus tells his disciples
“… you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.”
Jesus uses the example of a woman going through the anguish of giving birth, but “she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy that a child has been born into the world.”
The reading tells us to persevere through the pain, to remember that it will all be worthwhile when we experience the joy that follows. So, we are all going through varying degrees of pain and sacrifice these days due to the pandemic. I find it helpful to follow Jesus’ lesson, to focus on the joy that will come after we find a vaccination to end this pandemic. But, I also need to look for the joy that I can find along the way as we travel the road that the coronavirus has forced us to take.
I found joy in spotting the first hummingbird at my feeder last week. Finding toilet paper on supermarket shelves…Joy! Although his mother won’t let him come into my house, or within six feet of me, I find joy in watching my grandson pick “flowers” (dandelions) in my yard. Opening the drawer where I keep my eyeglasses, and finding that they are there…Joy! Talking via FaceTime with another daughter as she discovers that her three sons are searching for a frog that they brought into her kitchen… Joy! Being able to go for a walk on a beautiful day …joy!
If I remember to recognize it, I find joy in some pretty simple things. As we make our way through these many days of challenges, I hope we can recognize and appreciate the joy that we can find along the way, in even the smallest things.
—Anne Gamer P’08, retired faculty