Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. – (Matthew 5:4, NIV)
Great blessings belong to those who are sad now. God will comfort them. – (Matthew 5:4, ERV)
You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you. – (Matthew 5:4, MSG)
This morning, I woke to discover the devastating news of another former student’s passing. His sweet mama posted the news on Facebook, likely as a quick way to communicate, without having to retell the heartbreak time and time again. When the seeming natural order of life is disrupted, and a parent outlives their child, the heartache over what should have been can steal all hope, if comfort is not sought through Him alone, who is our Comforter. Sadly, I have seen both sides of this sorrow as it has run its course in the lives of people near me. For some, comfort came as they pursued God and were not afraid to ask “WHY?!” For others, something within them died at the loss, as they seem to be stuck in a space where they cannot be comforted and restored. Though there is nothing nor anyone that can ever take the place of a loved one lost, God can heal the hole that is left in our heart over time. He turns the grief into grace, and utilizes it to comfort others in a way that only one who has walked such a road, can do. May peace and grace be poured out upon the mourning, as God is our Comfort and ready to embrace every hurting heart.
In the midst of grief,
May we seek the Lord;
True Source of comfort,
All peace He affords.
Present in heartache,
Faithful, He won’t leave;
He’ll love us to life,
Grant hope to believe.
Allow His embrace,
Bring comfort and peace;
He’ll carry the weight,
Yield sorrow’s release.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You bless those who mourn with Your comfort. Forgive us for not seeking You to be our Source. Teach us to turn to You in our every need, and to offer Your comfort and peace to those around us. Show us how to be Your hands, heart and voice to the hurting by loving people through their sorrow and loss. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we trust in You to be our comfort in mourning. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
May Your unfailing love be my comfort, according to Your promise to Your servant. – Psalm 119:76