Are You Mourning?
Posted 04 December 2012 - 06:16 PM
by Pastor Bob Coy, activeword.org
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. -Matthew 5:4 (NKJV)
Few things in life are as powerful as death. When a loved one dies, relatives who haven't seen each other in ages are reunited, the most set schedules are turned upside down, and even traffic laws are changed for a brief period of time.
It also hurts like nothing else in this world. The wound it leaves is deeper and more painful than anything encountered up to that point in our human experience. If you've lost someone close to you, then you know this to be true. Death's power is quite unparalleled, even if you're a Christian.
And yet, death also introduces an unparalleled opportunity for the family of faith. For it's in times of mourning that our love and support matters most.
Jesus promised that those who mourn shall be comforted. This comfort can only come from the "the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort" (2 Corinthians 1:3), and He is certainly able and willing to directly comfort those who are grieving by His Spirit. But He also wants to extend His comfort through the tangible touch of His Church.
As powerful as death is, it's equally powerful when a body of believers comes together for the purpose of mourning alongside one of their own. It's in this hour of vulnerability that we truly become "one" with and for each other. Petty grudges are abandoned, differences over doctrine are forgotten, and self-serving agendas are forsaken. This is the Church that Jesus prayed we would be (John 17:21).
The hour of mourning is inevitable. But it can become the Church's finest hour when we band together and mourn with those in our midst who've been touched by the tragedy of death...because our mourning matters.
Weep with those who weep. Romans 12:15 (NKJV)
Posted 04 December 2012 - 06:20 PM
Posted 04 March 2018 - 05:01 PM
I especially think the Psalms are very comforting. Sometimes if we meditate on just a few comforting, healing verses, they will go deeper into our hearts and spirits to help us. I also like the Beatitudes to meditate upon.
Posted 14 March 2018 - 11:54 PM
Posted 15 March 2018 - 02:47 AM
Many years ago when my dad died, one of the pastors who helped us with funeral arrangements and such, had such a kindly, gentle spirit. You could sense that presence about him. Dr. Hovey was always that way every day. He was really a special pastor.
Posted 15 March 2018 - 12:39 PM
Posted 15 March 2018 - 02:18 PM
That is true. it probably means he was taking time to sit and listen to God
Glad God used him to bring comfort and hope
God is amazing and that He can use anyone at any time
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