God blesses those people who grieve. They will find comfort! [Matthew 5:4 CEV]
I wish that I did not know what it was like to grieve.
Grieving seems to be all about pain.
Who needs more pain?
It hurts to lose someone who is close to us.
It is painful to lose an ability you once had.
All negative change seems to be an exercise in grief.
I heard a counselor once say that we circle around our grief until we step into our pain.
It is a scary thing to grieve because we are not in control of it.
Yet it is the release of control that often brings us comfort.
It blesses me that Jesus speaks directly to this issue.
He speaks to us not of the blessing of grief but of the blessing of being comforted.
I have really needed the comfort of God and of friends in my life.
I remember the time when my friends mourned with me when my first wife died.
I remember comforting friends who suffered great losses.
We all need the blessing of comfort in our lives.
I am thank for this blessing.
Thank you Lord for the promise of comfort.
... this devotion is part of the Red Letters series. Click here to read more.