Matthew 5:1-12, “And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him.  Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.  Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.  Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.  Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.  Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.  Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.  Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.'”

Blessed are those who mourn.  Mourning is a time to grieve and feel deep sorrow toward a loss, particularly the loss of someone.  Mourning, though a time of sadness, is necessary to bring happiness.  Seems counterintuitive.  Without mourning, there is no time for the body to deal with what has happened.  There is no time for healing.  Blessed is the mourner because they deal with events in the correct manner.  The Godly manner.  If there is no mourning, there is no chance to find the happiness that God intends.  For example, when Jesus died on the cross, there was mourning.  Much mourning that came from His followers, family and friends.  There was mourning because everyone thought Jesus was dead and would stay dead.  They had no idea of what was to come.  All they could see was sadness and with sadness, came mourning.

For they shall be comforted.  Comfort.  A sense of peace and calm that comes over.  This comfort was shone on all those followers, family and friends when Jesus rose from the dead.  Jesus brought comfort in showing that he conquered death, the grave and sin.  After the period of mourning comes comfort.  Those who mourn get comfort.  Without mourning, no comfort.  Pardon the cliché: No pain, no gain.  This is the progression of how to cope.  A time to grieve and a time to pick one’s self up, dust off, and carry on.  All sadness will come to an end for those that follow God.

Are you mourning?  Know there is comfort coming.  It comes in the form of Jesus, who took away sin and death.  Not physical death but spiritual death.  Eternal life and with that, eternal comfort.  In Heaven, there will be no mourning, no sadness, no tears.  The comfort will come from being with God the Father and Jesus the Son.  Prepare yourselves for the time of comfort to come.  On this Earth there will be sadness but remember, comfort awaits those who love and honor God with their heart, mind and soul.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for mourning.  Yes, thank You because without mourning, there is no need for comfort.  There would be no need for You.  Obviously, that is foolish to think that we do not need You.  We need You always until the end of time or the end of our time on this temporary sphere called Earth.  You bring comfort to the hurt.  You bring comfort to the sad.  You bring comfort to all.  Jesus is the Great Comforter, who takes away the sadness from all who believe on You.  Thank You for sending this Comforter to die so that we may partake of comfort.  We need salvation and that salvation comes from you, Lord.  You are our strength in our time of need.  You are our everything.

In Your great, comforting name we pray,

Amen

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