"Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted."

How long has it been since you have mourned? Did you used to feel more than you do now. Did your conscience used to bother you more than it does now? As we become older sometimes our hearts become harder and we feel less; we mourn less. Paul warns us of this in Ephesians 4.


"This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness."


It is so easy to become "past feeling". It is so easy to let your heart harden. It kind of sneaks up on you. Like putting a live frog in a pot of cold water and setting it on a stove. The frog will actually sit there and cook without even trying to jump out of the pot. The heat is so gradual, it doesn't realize it is dying. Similarly, we lose our feelings as we experience life. A friend says, "pray for my mother, she has cancer", and we immediately forget about it until the next time we see them. We have unsaved friends and coworkers yet we never mention them to God when we pray. We sit through the Sunday morning service on Easter listening to a sermon about Christ's suffering and His death on the cross and never shed a tear. This story used to move us but we've heard it all before and find ourselves thinking about dinner or work the next day.

How long has it been since you have had a real heartfelt talk with God. A talk where you are not trying to think about words and what you shoud say. A talk where you are feeling more than you are speaking. How long has it been since you have allowed your soul to mourn? You may think allowing yourself to feel is a sign of weakness, but it isn't! Feelings are given to us by God at birth. We are then taught by adults that we should not cry or grieve. Children are told to stop crying. Parents tell their children to stop being a baby and soon they associate these feelings with weakness. But it is not weakness. It is natural. Even Jesus mourned. In Luke 22:44 we are told: "And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground." It is good to cry, to grieve, to mourn, to feel. I lost my mother two weeks ago. She had another stroke and watching her die is probably the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I cried every day for two weeks and every day I thought about how much Jesus loved Lazrus and how he cried when his good friend died. Jesus taught us by example. He taught us it is ok to cry about the things you care about. It is ok to mourn over a loss or a lost loved one. If you feel, you know you are alive!

The next time you talk to God feel the thoughts you are thinking, don't just utter a bunch of words. Don't be afraid to open your heart and soul up to the Master. When we mourn, He is there to comfort us and that is a wonderful thing!




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