with Barry Fraser
There is one thing we all experience in life, and that is death! We all know what it feels like to lose a family member or a friend. Whenever that happens there is sadness and mourning.
In his sermon on the mountain side, Jesus said, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." (Matthew 5:4, New International Version.) It really helps in times of bereavement to be surrounded by caring friends. In fact, when we go to a funeral it is to be with and to comfort the family of the deceased.
However in this teaching Jesus meant more than just the death of a loved one. That's in the physical sense. But Jesus had a spiritual application also.
We can mourn for the condition of this world. Our enemy, Satan, has turned this world into one of chaos and confusion. God created a perfect world, but now it's a world in rebellion, as we see wars in so many different countries, resulting in displacement, lack of basic necessities, and suffering.
When we see situations in our own families and communities, God wants us to stop, reflect, and mourn. We see families struggling to pay the rent and feed the children. Parents mourn for their children who have turned away from what they were taught, and are living in risky lifestyles.
In my 69 years, I have learned that in my darkest situations, the best therapy is to help and encourage others in distress. It's then that God sends his Holy Spirit to comfort and advise me!
My friends, remember that God is still in control, and that if we are faithful, we will live forever in Heaven. So, let's help and encourage all who need it, and we will experience joy and happiness in assisting others.
God our Father promised in Jeremiah 31:13, "Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness."
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