Words from the Heart for Wednesday April 15th, 2020
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Matthew 5:4 (KJV)
The National Day of Mourning, or Workers’ Mourning Day is observed in Canada on 28 April. It commemorates workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness due to workplace related hazards and occupational exposures. Workers’ Memorial Day was started when two labour activists, Colin Lambert and Dr. Ray Sentes, were driving in early April 1983 to a union meeting, and were stopped by a funeral procession for a firefighter that had been killed in the line of duty. They worried that other workers who died because of work did not receive similar honours.
Over the past few months our family has gathered twice around the grave of very close relatives. We have experienced the promise of the Psalmist David when he wrote so beautifully in Psalm 23 that even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, there is no evil to fear, because the Lord is with us. Both were times of celebration of godly people, and we rejoiced in long lives lived well. This is exactly what Jesus promised His followers in Matthew 5:4: “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” Death was not in God’s original plan for His creation. When He completed His creation, He looked at what He had done and declared that it was very good. But then sin entered into the heart of man and woman and through them into the entire world, and the result was death. How tragic. But God had a plan, and through the death and resurrection of Jesus, death has been defeated. If you are walking through the valley of the shadow of death right now, be assured of two things. For the follower of Jesus, death has been conquered. And Jesus is with you.
These have been words from the heart.