2 Maccabees 3:30 The Jews praised the Lord who had marvelously glorified his holy Place; and the temple, charged so shortly before with fear and commotion, was filled with joy and gladness, now that the almighty Lord had manifested himself.
“Beloved child of my heart, do you see that when all seems lost, that is when my power and glory are made triumphant? This happened at Calvary and it will happen again. For the enemies of faith grow strong. In their own estimation, their victory is near. But their day will be brief, for when things are darkest, my light will break forth, and joy and gladness will ring out in the holy places. For where persecution reigned, shouts of joy will echo. Child, be not afraid, but wait in joyful hope, trusting in the Lord who comes to rule the world with justice and the peoples with fairness.”
Thanks be to God—triumphant, glorious, holy, and good! Come Lord Jesus! “O mighty one, gird your sword upon your thigh; in splendor and state, ride on in triumph for the cause of truth and goodness and right.” (Ps. 44:4-5)