Weekend Wisdom

Rejoicing Even Though There Are No Figs

Today’s post is very special. My niece (Joe’s family) posted on Facebook about how verses 17 and 18 were speaking to her that morning.  The same night I got a text stating her husband had passed away. I was stunned, but it made sense as to why she was relating to those verses.

So in honor of my niece and her late husband, here are the famous last 3 verses of  Habakkuk’s Prayer.



Habakkuk Rejoices in the Lord

17 Though the fig tree should not blossom,

    nor fruit be on the vines,

the produce of the olive fail

    and the fields yield no food,

the flock be cut off from the fold

    and there be no herd in the stalls,

18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord;

    I will take joy in the God of my salvation.




God, the Lord, is my strength;

    he makes my feet like the deer’s;

    he makes me tread on my high places.



The second deer was in my backyard early one morning shortly after Rommie passed away. He/she was gaining up enough speed to jump over the fence to get back to the woods.


christmas signatureBio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while working as a call center team leader, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer.