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I personally have experienced the trouble of fears, the trouble of having no money, the trouble of sinning, trouble of rejection and the trouble of failure. Here’s a big one that I would like to talk about today, the loss through death or the loss through abandonment, this is the trouble of sorrow.


What to do with the trouble of Sorrow

It is not IF you will have the trouble of sorrow in your life, but when will this trouble of sorrow come. Some of you have had deep sorrow in the past, some of you are experiencing right now and for all of us sorrow lies ahead of us.

 Oh great, Pastor, such a happy topic -inevitable and unavoidable trouble with sorrow

Wait just a minute, sorrow is not the end because Jesus added to His statement “In this world you will have trouble” but also said “But take heart I have overcome the world.”


Definition: sor·row is a NOUN describing a feeling of deep distress caused by loss, disappointment, or other misfortune suffered by oneself or others:

sadness · unhappiness · dejection · regret · depression · misery – melancholy -grief -  sorrow ……..

 Sorrow is common among us and can be devastating. I read a Bible passage this week and discovered something new. Let me set the scene with Jesus praying in the garden of gethsemane and when He finished Jesus went back to where He left His disciples and found them sleeping. He had asked them to wait up for Him but they fell asleep.

 Luke 22:45

When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow.   Jesus had just told them at the last supper that He was leaving, that He would be betrayed and killed, that the world would hate them, persecute them, put them out of the synagogue and even kill them.

  •         if I were there with the disciples I too would be confused, unsure and sorrowful from these words -exhausted

  •         most of us cry when sorrow hits

 Crying is common in this world. It does little good to ask the reason for it, for it usually has it’s roots in sorrow, some loss in our lives. One might call earth a weeping planet. Laughter can be heard here and there, but by and large, weeping predominates. With maturity the sound and reason for crying changes, but never does it stop. All infants do it everywhere—even in public. By adulthood most crying is done alone and in the dark.


Below are words from a song called, "It Won't Rain Always".

"Someone said that in each life some rain (some sorrow) is bound to fall And each one sheds his share of tears

And trouble --troubles us all But the hurt can't hurt forever And the tears are sure to dry

And it won't rain always The clouds will soon be gone The sun that they've been hiding has been there all along

And it won't rain always God's promises are true The sun's gonna shine in His own good time And He will see you through

Trouble–troubles us all, the trouble of sorrow  --we will all experience it

What do I do with the trouble of sorrow          Run to Jesus"


This year my 40 year old niece died suddenly of an unknown cause. My only brother, Gord, called me one Saturday morning and through tears, anquish and sorrow told me Beth had died. We wept together and I tried to bear some of his sorrowful burden but my own soul was greatly sorrowful too. I couldn’t bear the loss of one my own children or grandchildren. I ran to Jesus in prayer. I went about my regular routine but prayed often. I told Jesus all of my sorrows, all of my burdens, all of my fears -I can not bear all these sorrows alone, I ran to Jesus.

 At the end of the day I had peace, His peace which He promised in

John 16:33

I learned something that day about John 16:33 that I had not seen or realized before

Young’s literal translation says it best:  "these things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace, in the world you shall have trouble, but take courage -- I have overcome the world."

In me peace

In the world trouble

In Jesus, the overcomer, I can have peace in the midst of trouble.

It’s like a math equation

     In me = peace

     In the world = trouble

     In Jesus, the overcomer, I can have peace in the midst of trouble.

Run to Jesus in prayer, keep praying until His peace settles in your heart

At the end of all our striving and longing and grief and trouble and sorrow you will find, not a force, but a face. ... God’s face, you see that God is listening and understanding, you see Him speak words of comfort and encouragement through His written word. Run to Jesus.

Run to Jesus the source of peace in troubled time

John 14:27

Peace I leave you, My peace I give you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, nor fearful.

Run to Jesus in your weakness and find rest from troublesome times

Matthew 11:28

“Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened (troubled), and I will give you rest.

Run to Jesus and tell Him your sorrows and your request  -   HE HEARS U


Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious (troubled or worried) about anything, but in everything by prayer and pleading with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.


An old hymn

I must tell Jesus all of my trials; I cannot bear these burdens alone; In my distress, (in my sorrows) He kindly will help me; He ever loves and cares for His own.

I must tell Jesus all of my troubles; He is a kind, compassionate friend; If I but ask Him, He will deliver, Make of my troubles a peaceful end.

Refrain: I must tell Jesus! I cannot bear my burdens alone; I must tell Jesus! Jesus can help me, Jesus alone.

What do you do with the trouble of sorrow


Sept 25, 2022