Blessed Are Those Who Mourn
Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
Jesus was near the banks of the Sea of Galilee, and there a crowd of people gathered to see and hear what he had to say. Matthew 5:1-2, records: 1. Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2. and he began to teach them. There he preached the famous Sermon on the Mount, “The Beatitudes”, He said: 3. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
These Scriptures has impacted many lives then, and even today the words resonate with power comforting all those who believe. Jesus is talking about life, the encounters we all will at one time or another find ourselves. Today, these passages are where my family seems to have landed and are going through. With the loss of two loved ones within the month, the impact has proven to be hurtful beyond word, and so we mourn and reality has set in revealing that this is not a dream.
Even though we mourn, we have to rejoice, because Joe, and my father Lendburgh do not have to suffer any more pain that is associated with this life for we know to be absent from the body is present with the Lord. And, Psalm 116:15Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
In the end, we find comfort in Scripture, Revelation 21:4. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there bemourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And we also realize through Gods Word we will never be lost. Ecclesiastes 7:1.A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of birth.
My family knows that we are not the only ones who have seen loved ones leave this world, and we will not be the last, but in all actuality we with humble hearts we do extend our deepest sympathy to those who paddle the same boat of morning. Our prayer is simply; “Lord comfort those that mourn!”
I write this not for sympathy, but to rejoice that my father had a full life, full of friends and love ones, it was evident at his home going service and although my brother’s life was cut short, God is still God, He is still the same yesterday, today and forever and that will never change! Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted!