“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” Matthew 5:4
On the surface level, what a great beatitude! Of course one would be ‘blessed’ (or happy), knowing one day the mourning will cease and tears will be wiped away and all pain will be gone as it says in Revelation 21:4 “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” But until then, what shall we mourn? And a better question, why don’t we mourn more?
Perspective is something we must pay close attention to. When we see something noteworthy of mourning, I hope we would mourn. However, out of sight, out of mind. Why don’t we mourn more? Well some of us would say, we just don’t see everything wrong with the world. Some would say, if we would wake up every morning and count everything wrong with everything, we wouldn’t get anything done! It’s time consuming; we would spend every waking moment of our lives mourning for all the brokenness of this world.
Think of it… If you knew every time a child passed away, or every time someone was stricken with a terminal disease, or a drunk driver veered off the road and took the life of another. Could we ever stop the tears? And those are just the tragedies! What about the everyday person who loses a parent to old age? Or the vileness of the kids bullying on the playground or online? Or those plagued with anxiety or depression, just trying to get through the day without a mental break?
Friends, there is much to mourn in this world. From Covid-19 to third world countries to genocides to marriages breaking up. Blessed are those who know that one day all this will pass. It will because God is not some far off God who isn’t concerned but is near and loves us. He loved us so much that he became flesh and dwelt among us, to take our place, to die in our place, so we might find our place in the family of God! Blessed are those who put their faith in God who will wipe away every tear and pain and sorrow!
This is the message we share with our family, friends and loved ones. Yes, our world is broken and there is much wrong with but we serve a God who is redeeming all things and we work alongside Him to bring things back into alignment and share the work Jesus has ultimately done for us so we can have a relationship with our Heavenly Father! So, let us not turn a blind eye to brokenness, sin or death in this time. Let’s look it straight in the eye. Let our heavenly father hear our mourning and hold our tears. Let it inform our prayer life! Cry out to our heavenly father! But do so with confidence that every wrong will be made right and everything broken made the glorify our heavenly Father!
Parkland Community Church:
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William ConLead Pastor
William has been the Lead Pastor of
Parkland Community Church since Nov. 2018