people who grieve

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.


  1. This goes to the heart of our relationship when we can receive comfort and blessing in the midst of grief and pain.

    It takes me back to Jill accident, and how 30 people from our church filled the ER ~ waiting to see if she would live or die.... to have that many mourners with us... Oh how I thank God for his comfort in those times.

  2. What a wonderful memory Wanda. It reminds me of how comfort usually comes through Christ's body.


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