Blessed Mourners

Chic Broersma

Read: Matthew 5:3-10

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. (v. 4)

A little girl on an errand took too long getting back home. “Why?” Mom demanded. The youngster explained she was on her way 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 is filled with little girls with broken dolls, little boys with broken trucks, young adults with broken dreams, and moms and dads with broken families. Will we take time to help them cry?

The world’s counsel is, “Forget your troubles, come on, and be happy!” Jesus counters, “Blessed are those who mourn.” How will we receive the comfort Jesus promises if we harden our hearts and refuse to mourn with others and only mourn the loss of our youth, wealth, or power? Comfort will be ours when we move beyond our comforts to mourn our sins and the sins that splinter people’s lives. Are we willing to cry with them? To share the load they’re carrying?

The prophet Jeremiah mourned because of God’s judgment coming upon Jerusalem. The apostle Paul cried tears of concern for the churches, praying daily they’d be spared from false teachers. The woman of the street washed Jesus’ feet with her tears. All these were mourners blessed by God’s comfort.

Be careful. Don’t let your mourning turn to self-pity, despair, or anger. Go out. Quietly turn your mourning into healing for others. —Chic Broersma

Prayer: Lord, I avoid mourning. Teach me to mourn.