The loved one is in prison, the hospital, hospice, quarantine, or serving abroad. Some extended families face all of these circumstances at once right now. Yet the scriptures don’t avoid the expectation to feel joy.
Marianne Abel-Lipschutz and her husband work as farmers in Iowa and serve as Christian missionaries in Guatemala. A freelance writer and editor, she has published nonfiction and features in the arts and humanities online and in print in The Des Moines Register, The Laurel Review, Iowa Woman, Studio Potter, Front Porch Republic, and Fathom. She has new work forthcoming in Comment.