Words from the Heart for Wednesday March 3rd, 2021
God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Matthew 5:4 (NLT)
Those Who Mourn
Marked annually in Canada on April 28, the National Day of Mourning is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives, or suffered injury or illness on the job or due to a work-related tragedy. It is also a day to collectively renew our commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace and prevent further injuries, illnesses and deaths. Traditionally on April 28th the Canadian flag has flown at half-mast on Parliament Hill and on all federal government buildings.
It doesn’t take long in pastoral ministry to recognize the privilege it is to walk with brothers and sisters as they deal with grief. Standing with a family in a hospital room as they say goodbye to a loved one, or counseling someone as they deal with divorce, or wayward children, or financial challenges is an honour. Grief affects everyone – Christian and non-Christian alike. After all, even Jesus wept when He stood outside the tomb of His friend Lazarus. There is a foundational difference, however, between the grief of those who know Jesus and those who don’t. In a word, the difference is hope. As 1 Thessalonians 4:13 says, we do not grieve as those who have no hope.” We alone have the assurance of eternal life. So Jesus taught in Matthew 5:4 “God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” We who walk with Jesus have two things the world knows nothing about: eternal life and the abiding presence of Jesus, our Comforter. He draws alongside us as we mourn, keeping His promise that He will never leave us or forsake us – that He will be with us even to the end of the age. This is a Kingdom of God principle.
These have been words from the heart.