Rejoice or Weep?

As I (Trevor) reflect on 2017, I conclude that it was both my best year to date as well as the worst year to date. It was the best for me personally (engaged and married, started working for UNITED officially, and moved to Seattle with my new wife), but it was also one of the most difficult to watch and process as the events and pain of our nation and our world unfolded before my eyes. I want to both rejoice and weep over 2017.

I have continued to come back to this passage throughout the year:

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
— Romans 12:9–18

As we move into 2018, may we be a people that rejoice with those who have something to rejoice in! May we also be a people that will weep with those who have something to mourn. This may have been your best year yet or it may have been the worst one yet. Either way, rejoice. Either way, weep. And in everything: rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer, and let love be genuine.

Here’s to 2017 and on to 2018.