“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” -Psalm 30:5

We are promised in the Word of God that sorrow is fleeting. Even when walking through the darkest of valleys, we are reassured by the Lord that He is with us and that His joy is our strength. As you read the following stories, may your heart be encouraged and your joy be fully restored.

“After my husband passed, I lost my joy and didn’t even know it. It wasn’t until I started seeing the word everywhere that I noticed it was missing. From car tags driving in front of me to lyrics on the radio, the word ‘joy’ kept showing up. Unknowingly, my kids even got me a sign that had the word on it. I soon realized that no matter how deep I was in pain that there was joy in grief and that joy would get me through. I have been a part of GriefShare for three years now, and I have learned a lot. I now serve others that are going through the same thing by greeting the newcomers that come to the group.” —Christina Wideman, GriefShare Member

“Last year, I served as my mom’s primary caregiver while she battled metastatic pancreatic cancer. Four months into her treatment, my father was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a form of blood cancer. Needless to say, it was a harrowing time. When my mom passed last December, I realized I needed to work through my grief in a manner that was biblically based and offered the wisdom of professional guidance. After going through the 13-week cycle of the GriefShare support group on the Brentwood campus, I have found great healing and help from others who are walking a similar road. God’s truth has brought me great hope and joy through His people.” —John Fleck, GriefShare member at the Brentwood campus


GriefShare is a ministry that helps support those who are experiencing grief after the loss of a loved one. The Brentwood campus will be hosting a Surviving The Holidays GriefShare event on Tuesday, November 19, at 6:30 p.m.