Blessed Mourners

Chic Broersma

READ : Luke 7:36-50

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. (Matt. 5:4)

A little girl on an errand for her mother took too long in getting back. “Why?” Mom demanded. The youngster explained she was on her way home when she met her friend who was crying because she had broken her doll. “Oh,” said her mother, “then you stopped to help her fix her doll?” “No,” replied her daughter, “I stopped to help her cry.”

The world around us is filled with little girls with broken dolls, little boys with broken trucks, young adults with broken dreams, moms and dads with broken families. Will we take the time to listen and help them cry? The world’s counsel is, “Forget your troubles, come on, get happy!” Jesus counters, “Blessed are those who mourn.” We will not receive the comfort Jesus promises if we refuse to mourn; if we let our hearts harden; if we mourn only the loss of our own youth, wealth, or power. God’s comfort will be ours when we move beyond our comforts to mourn our sins and the sins that splinter people’s lives all around us. Do we see them, hear them? Are we willing to cry with them, to share the load they’re carrying?

The prophet Jeremiah mourned because of the coming judgment God would send upon Jerusalem. Paul cried tears of concern for the churches that they would be spared from false teachers. A woman washed Jesus’ feet with her tears, anticipating his forgiveness. All these were mourners blessed by God’s comfort.

PRAYER

Lord, I avoid mourning. Teach me.