“God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”Matthew 5:4 NLT
We have all lost someone close. Sickness, old age, accidents and suicides are interwoven into our lives. Some of these are preventable with help, others just happen and there is nothing we can do about it. We grieve and question what and why such a thing would take place. Many Leaders are asked by those who mourn ‘why would God let this happen?’ A wise pastor I know told me that in his younger days he would try to have an answer, give some sort of comfort. But these days he has learned that he just doesn’t know, he can’t answer their question. Things happen, sin has corrupted this humanity leading to a situation where terrible things are allowed to take place.
Sure we here people use the verse all things work together or God has a plan for your life, these are both true but for someone in the stages of mourning theses buzz phrases provide no comfort. Especially to the non believer, they will then get angry with God who let this happen to their loved one.
So how can we comfort someone who has lost someone and is in mourning? We need to be there for them, love them, comfort them just as Jesus promised that he would provide. He can use you to provide the promised comfort. How many times has he wanted to use you to comfort someone in need and you walked away from it? Are you open to being comfort for someone in mourning? If not then it is time to change that. Our openness to loving those in mourning will be an opportunity for us to show Jesus love to those who need him.
Jesus, thank you for you comfort in times of need. We know that your with us but those who are not in a relationship with you don’t. Help us to be you ambassador in those times, helping them during their loss and being a friend just like you are. Let us be comfort in times of sorrow. We want them to know that they matter to us just as much as they matter to you. Amen