Comfort for those who mourn

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Monday, September 17, 2018

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.Matthew 5:3 NIV

Seventeen deaths have been confirmed in North Carolina as a result of Hurricane Florence. In Wilmington, NC, a 41-year-old woman, and her 7-month-old baby died after a tree fell on their home after the Hurricane made landfall in the Carolinas on Thursday, September 13. Over five hundred twenty thousand homes and businesses have been affected by Florence.

In Asia, Typhoon Mangkhut has already killed sixty-four people in the Philippines this past week. It is now wreaking havoc in China after having caused damages in Taiwan. And this is just the beginning of the Hurricane season.

What is often unreported is the emotional toll of a natural disaster like Florence on those who have lost loved ones and properties.  Somewhere in North Carolina or the Philippines, many families are planning funerals. Long after the media has stopped reporting about Florence, many will be mourning their loved ones and try to cope with their loss.

In today’s text, we read the words of Jesus from his Sermon on the Mount. This section of the sermon is part of the Beatitudes.  The word Beatitudes means “blessedness.” Here Jesus is blessing people who mourn because he understands that only God can truly comfort us when we experience a painful loss. As human beings, we are limited in our ability to comfort one another. Even at our best, our comfort is temporary.

Only God comfort is complete and sufficient. He provides extra grace when we are unable to cope with our loss. It is because of God that “those who sow in tears will reap a harvest of joy” (Psalm 126:5 NIV).

Whereas well-wishers will go away after a little while, God never leaves us. His ears are tuned to the cry of those who mourn. And he sends an abundance of angels to sustain mourners in their moments of grief.

The words of Matthew 5:3 are not only comforting, but they are also empowering. Those who mourn are blessed because they have God’s attention. It is in our vulnerability and suffering the providential love of our creator becomes more compelling. “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18 NIV).

It’s okay for us to mourn when our spirits are crushed because of a loss. There is no time limit on mourning. God does not expect us to just get over our loss. He patiently comforts us and sustains us through our grief.  He wants us to celebrate the memory of the loss of loved ones, friends, pets, etc. God pities our every grown, and uphold us in our brokenness.

We can take all of our sorrows to the Lord in prayer. He doesn’t question the legitimacy of our pain; nor does he frown upon the extent of our bereavement. He will bless us with his everlasting peace, and give us the blessed assurance of his unfailing love.

When we don’t feel blessed in the midst of our mourning, we have to remember “weeping may endure for the night, but joy cometh in the morning” (Psalm 30:5 KJV). Every day I mourn the death of 20,260 people who die of hunger around the world. I am still mourning my mother and other loved-ones I’ve lost. One thing I’ve discovered that it is when my griefs are more pronounced that I hear the voice of God and feel his presence more distinctly. Then I remember, his grace is indeed sufficient for me.

Prayer- Heavenly Father, I pray for comfort for those who are mourning any type of loss. Please remind them that you are near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit. 

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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