Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted. – Matthew 5:4
It’s our natural inclination to avoid crying about anything. In fact, for a long time I thought that if I was mourning that I was not living the good life. But you teach me that quite the opposite is true. If I learn to mourn the tragic parts of life, then and only then will I be open to receive your comfort. And I have experienced your comfort too. When I mourn my sins, I have been authentically comforted by your forgiveness. When I have mourned my disappointments, I have been comforted by your promises to work good out of them. When I have mourned the loss of loved ones, I have experienced relief in your promise of heaven. When I have mourned my own mortality, you have comforted me with life that never ends. Oh Jesus, help me to really mourn and really feel so I can also feel your love and truth yanking me out of my sadness to true spiritual peace and joy. Give those I see repressing their feelings the insight to open their heart to mourning and comfort too. AMEN
Pastor Don Patterson
It’s a good thing to be sad when something sad is happening, as long as we are sad with Jesus and his strength by our side.