Permission to Feel, Hope to Heal

Permission to Feel, Hope to Heal


Psalm 30:5 (NIV)

For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

Life is a journey filled with a myriad of emotions—joy, sorrow, anger, love, pain, and hope. Yet, sometimes, we hesitate to allow ourselves to fully experience these emotions, especially the difficult ones. We may feel guilty or inadequate for feeling sad, angry, or overwhelmed. It’s crucial to recognize that it’s okay to feel. Emotions are a part of our humanity, a testament to the intricate way we’re created.

Psalm 30:5 reminds us of a profound truth: emotions are temporary. The psalmist acknowledges that “weeping may stay for the night,” meaning we might experience moments of sorrow, grief, or despair, and that’s alright. It’s a part of the human experience. But here’s the beautiful part—just as night turns into day, “rejoicing comes in the morning.”

This verse doesn’t invalidate the pain or challenges we face, but it assures us that even in our darkest moments, there’s a dawn of hope on the horizon. It gives us permission to feel our emotions fully, knowing that they don’t define our entire story. Weeping is a part of the night, but morning inevitably arrives with its promise of rejoicing.

So, how can we embrace these emotions while holding onto hope?

  1. Allow Yourself to Feel: Give yourself permission to feel whatever emotion you’re experiencing, whether it’s sadness, anger, or grief. Feelings are valid and real.
  2. Share Your Emotions: Reach out to someone you trust and share your feelings. Sometimes, sharing can be a source of comfort and healing.
  3. Hold Onto Hope: Remember that emotions are temporary. As you walk through the night, keep the morning in view. Hope is your anchor, reminding you that joy and healing will come.
  4. Prayer and Meditation: Spend time in prayer and meditation, seeking God’s guidance and comfort. Allow Him to heal your heart and bring hope to your situation.
  5. Professional Help: If your emotions are overwhelming or prolonged, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. Therapists, counselors, and mental health professionals are there to support you.

Emotions are not a sign of weakness but an expression of your humanity. They can be a path to healing and growth. Give yourself the grace to feel, knowing that the morning of rejoicing is on its way. Trust in God’s faithfulness to bring about that dawn of hope.


Are there emotions you’ve been hesitant to embrace or express recently? How can you give yourself permission to feel them?

How can Psalm 30:5 encourage you to hold onto hope even in the midst of challenging emotions?