Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. (Matt. 5:4)
Expanded Passage: Matthew 5:4
Ten years ago, my mother passed away. It was the most difficult season of my life. Unlike the experiences of many of my friends, my mother and I were extremely close to each other. She was my best friend. We talked daily, and I went to her for everything. When she went to be with Jesus, I was lost. I knew about God, but if I am honest, he did not sit on the throne of my life at that time. My mother did. And when I lost her, I did not know where to turn for comfort and support.
Jesus taught that those who are mourning will be comforted. He did not teach that mourning is wrong or bad. He knew that it is a normal part of the life we live on earth. Yet, he desires for us to know, in the midst of those emotions, that there can be comfort in the presence of God. We can acknowledge how we feel and be comforted all at the same time.
It is unrealistic and unhealthy to pretend everything is okay when it is not. Physical death is a part of this life. And it is normal to mourn when someone we love passes on. However, we can find comfort alongside our sadness. And we can offer comfort to those around us who are mourning.
Offer comfort to someone who may be struggling with loss today.
Tara Klein is a Wesley Seminary graduate who enjoys relaxing with her family, serving others, and sharing God’s unconditional love with the lost and broken-hearted.
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