Thursday, March 25, 2010

Mourning and Comfort

Mourning is the process of getting the hurt out when a loved one dies. As Jesus says in Matthew 5:4, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” You share your hurt so others can share your pain and hurt with you so you are not alone. This is God's design for blessing you and beginning to heal the deep pain that accompanies a tragic loss. It is good and necessary to experience the different emotions that come at this time.

Your greatest need in the first hours after the death of a friend or loved one is for others to comfort you. In a time of deep sorrow, our greatest comfort comes when others sorrow with us. One major way God shares His comfort with us is through other people. The apostle Paul wrote, "God ... comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God" (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

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