He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world - I John 4:4
God's peace is not an escape from reality. We are not somehow mentally "removed" from feeling pain or struggling . . . Rather, peace is an undergirding rock-solid foundation so that no matter the tears we cry or the sorrow we feel, deep down inside we know with an abiding assurance that God is with us. God is in control, and the joy of the Lord is going to emerge far greater than any depth of agony we may be experiencing.