“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
Matthew 5:4 (NRSV)
Prodigal Thoughts: I’m really holding on to this verse today. I learned that a cousin-in-law passed away due to COVID. No, I’m not going to get political or talk about whether to get vaccinated or not. No, today’s post is not only about God comforting us, but the importance of telling others you love them. As Christian brother of mine told me in the past that he is confident that ‘God’s eyes are wet with tears for the mourning, hurting, and the broken.’ (I also need to mention that my Christian brother learned this from one of his mentors.) God isn’t weeping because of the loss of life, but because of our broken hearts. It’s like when a child gets their feelings crushed and you pick them up and hold them and as you are comforting them, you begin to cry because of their broken heart. Same concept. Another dear Christian friend of mine told me a few months ago that she pictures God sitting in a big rocking chair and when we come to Him, He picks us up, sets us on His knee, and wraps His loving arms around us until we feel better. Oh, what beautiful pictures these two thoughts paint. Pictures of hope and love. Dear friends, that is what we are supposed to be to all around us, especially those closest to us. As we don’t really know how long we have on this spinning ball of dust, please make it a point to share that hope and love. Make every opportunity to forgive others and love them.
Prayer for today: Daddy, my heart breaks today. All of the death and grief, not just what I’m dealing with, but everyone. I’m thankful that You give us hope and you comfort us when we are dealing with tragic events. I’m thankful that You remain steadfast in Your love and Your devotion to staying close by our sides. I pray, Daddy, that You would heal the broken-hearted. Tend to those who are hurting. Allow us to see that we have opportunities every single day to speak Your truth in love and grace. I pray that we would have the boldness to love others like You love them. I love you, Papa. Amen.
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God’s grace on you…