Cheerfulness breaking in

Window detail, Washington National Cathedral, Washington DC 2005

“Where Christ is, cheerfulness will keep breaking in.” Dorothy Sayers

The Bible says “weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”  For most of us, this is an ever-repeating cycle.  Even in years of great happiness, there are intervals of grief.  And even in the darkest night, there come glimmers of humor, hope and cheer; coded signals (often sent through other people) that God is still with us and will never let go.


  1. What a beautiful thought and how very true. When we least expect is someone can make us laugh or give a much needed hug.

    • Thank you, Amy, for being that person SO OFTEN for me over the past 22+ years!

  2. Today is the Lord’s Day, and your post reminds me of the words of the hymn, “Tis Midnight and on Olive’s brow, the Savior wrestles lone with fears; e’en that disciple whom He loved heeds not his master’s grief and tears.” I was awake at the time of the posting of “Cheerfulness-breaking in”. Metaphorically, the connection did not get to me til hours later.

    • Thanks Eric. I myself was NOT awake at the time this post went online; I have them set in advance! Still, I’m glad you were able to connect with it so early 🙂

  3. Julia, You are so right. I believe everyone needs faith, not to confuse it with religion. Faith will get us through the grief, sorrow, injustice, and fear. It shine a light in the distance that we can move toward.

    • Thanks Patricia! Faith is indeed more powerful than any of us imagines until we have to rely on it. When we move toward the light faith shines, it reflects off of us to others and the light becomes a shared strength. Thanks for visiting us here.

  4. Thank you for the beautiful sentiments. Life truly is a mixture of laughter and tears… often coming from the same sources. Have a wonderful Lord’s Day.

    • Thanks Carla – your comment reminds me of the line from the movie Shadowlands: “The pain then is part of the happiness now. That’s the deal.”


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