The verse from John 16:24b “Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete,” is preceded by:

Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whateve you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name.

John 16:22-24a

Grief is unexpected change that leads to loss. Why must we grieve? Because we like our status quo. It feels comfortable.

Many marriages fall victim to complacency because one or both partners feel overly secure and don’t recognize that work is involved in maintaining the relationship.

Friendships don’t require the same level of work. If I don’t talk to my friend for a few weeks, I know he will be there when I need him or when we see each other again.

However when you have a best friend like mine, the pain of a prolonged absence hurts. We used to talk everyday. I am grieving the loss of our time together. I don’t want things to change, but I know they must in order to find joy.

I wait for my love because I know what love is.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Dear God, I come to you as a little girl climbing on her daddy’s lap wanting a hug. I am sorry that I didn’t bring my doubt, grief and fear to you as soon and I felt it. I know that joy is coming. I wait with expectancy for your abundant blessings, for a miracle marriage that will inspire fairy tales. I know it will be amazing and you are preparing me to receive it. For now, please give me hope for today. I thank you for little unexpected blessings that get me through the day. Thank you especially for blessing the man I am to marry in the future and patience to get to that day. In Jesus name, Amen