Have you ever considered that church can be an uncomfortable place for those going through difficult times? The joy (or expectation of it) can be overwhelming. Where is the opportunity to lament and grieve and express sorrow?
Instead, we demand constant rejoicing and celebration. We mask our pain with smiles and laughter, manufacturing the joy we’ve been conditioned to expect and display.
Trust in God is NOT always rejoicing. Worship is NOT always exultation. Being at peace is NOT always about feeling joy. It is accepting the fact that we can trust even when our feelings don’t match our faith.