Words from the Heart for Wednesday February 5th, 2020
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance…
Ecclesiastes 3:4 (NKJV)
Weeping and Laughing
Pseudobulbar affect, or PBA is a relatively common disorder of emotional expression that occurs in many neurologic disorders including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – Lou Gehrig’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, dementia, Parkinsonian disorders, brain tumour, and traumatic brain injury. It is characterized by sudden, frequent, uncontrollable outbursts of crying and/or laughing that may be disproportionate or inappropriate to the social context. As many as 200,000 Canadians may suffer from PBA, and the numbers will increase as Canada’s population ages.
As I am preparing this, we have just received word that a young woman, who we knew as a child and youth in a church we pastored, has just passed away after a long battle with cancer. Her parents, who were our age, have both also passed away from cancer. We are in a time of weeping. I don’t like it, but it is a part of life in this fallen world. It has been so for millennia, since sin and its ultimate victory death, has entered into the human condition. So it shouldn’t surprise us that wise King Solomon noticed this, and in Ecclesiastes 3:4 he writes that there is “A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance…” When you are in a time of weeping and mourning, it is difficult to imagine that there will come a time to laugh and dance. But there will be. The Bible is clear that sorrow comes at night, but joy comes in the morning. How grateful we are that the Lord is in charge of time, and He redeems the times of weeping and mourning. Trust Him for a return to better times.
These have been words from the heart.