Many tell people in mourning to quit it. Well, they may not always say it, but their attitude and body language speaks louder than words. “Buck up.” “Get over it.”
Others may say this to you, but Jesus calls you “Blessed.”
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Mat. 5:4
It shouldn’t surprise us that Jesus would say this. After all, he was “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Is. 53:3).
There are two things in this text that I see as important.
1. Jesus speaks to those who are presently mourning. He does not say blessed are those who mourned. He speaks to those hurting now.
2. Jesus gives the hope of future comfort. With Jesus, present mourning gives birth to future hope. There is a way to genuinely weep and wholeheartedly hope. Therefore trusting Jesus in your mourning is not overly-pessimistic nor overly-optimistic. The blessing of Jesus rests on hurting and hopeful hearts who trust him.
You may ask: How long will I mourn? Answer: I don’t know. But I do know that if you trust Jesus the Psalmist’s promise is still true:
“Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30:5).
Morning joy will come–eventually–for the mourning.