"I understand, and you do too, that when we read our Bibles, it speaks of the fact that there is a joy that is unassailable, that we can count is joy when we face trials of various kinds. But it is a joy that is faced in the midst of trials. It is a joy that exists contemporaneously with tears and with sadness. It is not a joy that says, “I am so joyful that I don’t cry,” but it is that strange paradox whereby even in my tears, I know that there is a joy that transcends what I am experiencing. If you like, one of the challenges we face as those who profess to be followers of Jesus is the challenge to show the world how to be sad… We’ve got it upside-down when we think that the way to prove to the world the reality of who Jesus is is for us to say, “No, I’m not sad.”'
-- Alistair Begg