The Beacon: 2024 01/14

Jesus declared, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."

In moments of grief, what blessings can we find? Where does comfort reside when we are upset? Is there anything positive that can come from feeling deep pain and brokenness? These profound thoughts are similar to my questions about the nature of God.

The people who followed Jesus to the summit were individuals from a nation that had longed to be freed from the chains of sin and persecution for centuries. They were surrounded by a sense of helplessness, unable to change their circumstances, and were consumed by sorrow, grief, and distress. When Jesus proclaimed, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted," he offered genuine hope to those with broken hearts. This statement served as an open invitation...

The experience of burying a child is a humbling experience that exposes how powerless I am and my complete dependence on the grace and mercy of God. This encounter has taught me that profound love leaves me vulnerable to intense pain. Yet, this pain has functioned as a catalyst, stripping away the mundane and noise of everyday life and redirecting my focus toward the eternal.

Once cluttered with distractions and insignificant concerns, my life has been cleansed. In its place, a newfound understanding of what is significant and lasting has taken root. The pain persists, but it is creating a space for the God of all comfort to fill it with hope: the realization that the emotions I grapple with during this festive season are not everlasting, and what lies ahead is bound to be glorious...

"He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever." Revelation 21:4 NLT

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