Blessed are Those Who Mourn?

I must remind my heart every day that Jesus Himself declared the blessing in mourning.  I must remember that there is comfort available at His feet.  Not in running from my pain, but in embracing it and trusting Him to redeem it.

What blessing is there in mourning?  What comfort in distress?  What good can come from pain and brokenness?

Good questions.

Honest questions.

Questions I have asked God. 

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”~Jesus

The folks that followed Him up the hill were part of a nation that had waited centuries for deliverance from sin and persecution.  Jesus was surrounded by people powerless to change their circumstances. They were grieving, mourning, in distress.

So when He said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” He was offering real hope to the brokenhearted. He was issuing an invitation…

When we  reach the end of our own strength in grief, God invites us into a fellowship of suffering that includes Jesus Christ.

Burying a child is a humbling experience.  It is teaching me that I am powerless and oh, so dependent on the grace and mercy of God.

My heart was broken open wide to receive the truth that fierce love makes me vulnerable to deep pain.

And the pain cleared the clutter and noise of the everyday to focus my mind’s attention and my heart’s affection on the eternal.

My life is swept clean of distraction and foolish things and filled with new understanding of what is important and lasting.

My pain has not disappeared.

But it is making room for the God of all comfort to fill it with hope:

That what I am feeling right now is not forever and forever is going to be glorious…

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21:4 KJV

Author: Melanie

I am a shepherd, wife and mother of four amazing children, three that walk the earth with me and one who lives with Jesus. This is a record of my grief journey and a look into the life I didn't choose. If you are interested in joining a community of bereaved parents leaning on the promises of God in Christ, please like the public Facebook page, "Heartache and Hope: Life After Losing a Child" and join the conversation.

6 thoughts on “Blessed are Those Who Mourn?”

  1. Hi Ms Desimone,
    I was searching for a prayer for my sister who recently lost her second son when I came upon your site. I saw the royal blue, a favorite color of mine. I couldn’t tell what it was, & when I realized it was eyelashes shedding a tear, I knew I had found what I was looking for. I also sent a link to my cousin who was grieving too. My sister said it made her cry & thanked me for sending it.

    I was wondering if you would sell a print of that beautiful picture that says it all, so profoundly.


    1. The photo is not mine, Ursula. It is in the public domain on the Internet. If you do a search you might find somewhere that offers it as a print.

      I am so sorry for your sister’s and your loss. Praying the Lord makes Himself very present to you both and to everyone who loves your nephew. ❤


  2. “A quintessential aspect of our human nature is to seek comfort. We are “wired up” to recover, to relieve our pain, to get over episodes of emotional unpleasantness. At a very deep-seated level, we do not want to follow this beatitude. We just do not want to mourn constantly–and yet, we do want to be eternally “blessed.”
    The second half of the beatitude, “for they will be comforted,” reveals a solution to this conflict. The Greek translation of this phrase uses what linguists call, the theological passive voice. In English, the passive voice (being used in this sentence) is considered a very weak construction. It occurs when the object of an action becomes the subject of a sentence. A passive rephrasing of a well-known question becomes “Why was the road crossed by the chicken?”
    However, in the Greek language, the passive voice is usually a very clear signal that God is at work. Jesus, speaking in the Jewish tradition, may have used the passive voice, reflecting the customary reluctance to refer directly to God. The implication of the statement then is that God will comfort them.

    Excerpt From: Mike Stair. “Be Attitudinal.” iBooks.


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