Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

Romans 12:15 NIV

Listen to Words from the Heart


Canada has more than its fair share of natural beauty. Canadians often rejoice at the blessings that are ours being Canadians, living in the beauty that is ours in this country. So, it shouldn’t surprise us to learn that, according to the Daily Hive, Canada has taken top spot on the list of the world’s 25 most beautiful spots. This is what is says, “Not only does [Vancouver Island] boast 3,220 km of coastline with gorgeous beaches, mountains, and lakes, CNN describes Vancouver Island as ‘Canada in miniature.’”


There are many things in this world that bring joy. Children and grandchildren bring parents and grandparents lots of joy. Beautiful scenery can bring joy, as can graduating from school, a financial windfall or a visit from a friend or family member who we haven’t seen for a while. At the same time there are things that bring grief. Grief occurs when life changes, we have no control over the change and life will never be the same again. How do we, as followers of Christ, react when those around us are rejoicing, or grieving? The Bible gives some very clear advice. Romans 12:15 says “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” As we read the Gospels, we discover that Jesus is our example in this command. His first miracle was at a wedding in Cana, where He obviously rejoiced with those who rejoice. We later see Him at the tomb of His friend Lazarus, weeping, mourning with His friend’s family. We are called, as Jesus’ followers, to do likewise. Walk alongside those who are experiencing joy, or who are walking through a deep valley. We are the hands, feet and heart of Jesus.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley