"It is absolutely true that our circumstances are not always things that would fill us with joy. Sometimes days are hard, weeks are hard. Sometimes years and months are hard. But the Lord never changes. We are always in the love and the grace of the Lord. We have been reconciled to God in Christ Jesus. We are at home with the Father because of the work of Jesus. That never changes—our circumstances might, but we still have a place to come home to."
Bishop Alex reminds us of the importance of joy—as an expression of our life in the Lord—to our witness in the world, and helps us look to the great wedding feast that will one day be ours.