Blessed… In Mourning

 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” (Matthew 5:4, New Revised Standard Version).

When my father passed away late last year, I had a number of people telling me things about how I should grieve. “Don’t be sad, everyone loses a parent.” It is a true statement, at least the second part of it, we all do lose parents. And while there are some people who are not sad, the majority of which have pretty good reasons, it was grief I and my family felt. Telling us not to be sad, was not going to make us happy. It just isn’t that simple, for any of us. When we mourn, when we are in grief, someone telling us to be happy is not going to make us happy.

Jesus said, “Blessed are those who mourn…” Why do we want to deny people a blessing? The thing is, we don’t want to be around sadness. We don’t want to be around tears. What we seem to want is to be around people who are on top of the world.  Then many will complain that they are fake because they are always happy.

In this lesson Jesus says “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.” What blessing is there in mourning? Though I can’t remember who said it, but I recently read that one persons idea of blessing in grief is in the strength we gain from the experience. His idea was that when we are finally comforted we emerge from our grief stronger for the experience.

While it is not a bad theory I think the author missed the boat. Why do we grieve when we lose a loved one? Why did I cry like a little baby when I had to euthanize a family dog? Why was I so upset when I lost a job? Why did I grieve when I was a kid and my girlfriend traded me in for a different model?

We experience mourning because there is love in our hearts. How can we expect blessing if there is no love in our hearts? Why would we need comfort if we had no love? Who is going to comfort us if we have no love?

Love is the key. “Blessed are those who have loved and lost. Because they have loved and likely will love again, they will be comforted.”

Have you mourned? You are blessed because you have loved and you are loved.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Peace,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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