Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."  - Matthew 5:4

Knowing Jesus should make you cry more often. That is not always what we expect. Instead, we expect that Jesus will give us joy (John 15:11) and wipe the tears from our eyes (Rev. 21:4). We prefer those promises because we don’t particularly like crying.

But here’s the thing, when we come to know Jesus, we get a glimpse of love, grace, righteousness, and peace. Knowing these things means that we also recognize their absence in our world. So, when we witness oppression or hunger or abuse or even death, we are aware that it doesn’t have to be this way. The only proper response to this is to grieve as we look to Jesus in prayer. The good news is that in the midst of our grief we are given hope because we already know the love, grace, righteousness, and peace of Jesus. So, we are comforted.

But there is still more reason to cry. In his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul tells us to “weep with those who weep” (Rom. 12:15). In essence he is telling us not to hoard the comfort of Jesus to ourselves. Instead, we are to recognize that the places we see brokenness around us, we are to join in. We are to come alongside of the people around us. Our tears and our prayers bring to them the comfort of Christ.

So, do not be afraid to weep. Allow your tears to bear the comfort of Christ.

Dear Jesus, open our eyes to the world around us. Let our hearts be broken by the lack of your touch. Let our tears bear your comfort both to our own soul and to those of others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.