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Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

Matthew 5:4

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

profileThe Beatitudes are a favorite to many.  Here they are (and today’s passage is among them). Matthew 5:1-12 – 1 Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Many sermons have been preached and books written about The Beatitudes.  I’m glad I had a chance to share them with you in their entirety.  They are part of what is commonly called The Sermon on the Mount.  This Beatitude speaks to me for sure – as this season approaches – Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.  I had a rough year in 2011-12 – and for whatever the reason (mainly my father’s death) I have become even more emotional than normal (and for me normal was pretty emotional).  One take on this Beatitude is that those of us who mourn loss – will be comforted as we turn to Jesus.

Jesus is the only way I am able to face tomorrow.  I need to walk hand in hand with Him.  One group that has always helped me is our Bereavement support group.  This group will meet on Sunday – December 15th – at 9:45 am in the Sanctuary.  It is a blessing and will help you as you mourn – I really believe this – because it helps me.

The holidays are hard for those of us who have lost loved ones (and for people who are alone).  I hope that we can keep our eyes on Jesus as we face tomorrow!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.


November 26, 2013 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , ,


  1. There are churches which offer a Blue Christmas service to those who have lost a loved one the past year(s). I’ve never offered one at the churches I served, but I’ve often felt it was valuable to do so. As pastors, we know that many people are passing through “the most wonderful time of the year” but feel somber and sad, because, for them, that first Christmas hits hard upon the heartstrings. Saying a prayer for the bereaved at Christmas …


    Comment by Favorite Son | November 26, 2013 | Reply

    • We offer one at First United Methodist Church of Laurel on December 21st at 6:30p. More on that later…


      Comment by raymcdonald | November 26, 2013 | Reply

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