“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
Matthew 5:4 NIV
What an amazing promise this is.
When Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount, he specifically said that those who mourn are blessed. It took me years to understand WHY people who are in such distress are considered to be blessed. It feels like the exact opposite. It feels like when your world has suddenly crashed down, when part of your heart has been ripped out that you are anything but blessed. Often it feels like God has done something against you, or at the very least has overlooked you. But those who mourn will be comforted.
The Message puts it this way:
““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
…only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
I often feel that the nighttime is the worst when grieving. You’re tired, and often not in the company of others. You’re alone with your thoughts and with your grief. When all you need is some rest, you can’t get any. When all you need is a warm hug, you feel nothing.
And yet, for Christians who mourn, God is right there holding us.
Sometimes, the pain goes too deep to even feel Him there, but He is.
Even when we push Him away, He does not let go.
Even when we fight Him, He still holds us.
Even when we are angry with Him, He does not relent.
And then, when our exhaustion has won over, when our energy is spent and we are too tired to feel anything else, we collapse. But we are already held.
We finally rest in the everlasting arms of Jesus.
And it’s in those moments, those of comfort and rest, that we realize that we are blessed in spite of everything. That no matter what, Jesus has held us tight. We we may not have answers, our heart may not be whole, but we have found rest in His comfort.
And for that, we are blessed.