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  • Writer's pictureR.C. VanLandingham

Blessed are Those Who Mourn

This is day 32 of my 40 day Lenten blog.

"Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted." (Matt 5:4).

We've all mourned. Sadness and despair are unfortunately a part of this broken world corrupted by sin and death. Sometimes a heart is so broken that it seems like it will never mend. But Jesus tells us that those who mourn are blessed, because they will be comforted.

This life seems to last...well, a lifetime, and when things are bad, it feels like the bad times will never end. But next to the infinite length of eternity, this life will seem like just a minute. It will seem to have flashed by in the blink of an eye.

When something bad happens to them at school I try to comfort my children by telling them that it will pass and in a few years no one will even remember it. My schooldays seemed to take forever when I was going through them, but looking back (and judging it by the speed which my kids are going through school) they fly by.

When we are on the other side it will be the same way. This world will pass away and it will be like nothing to us. We must therefore, try and take an eternal perspective to life. It's okay to be sad when something truly sad happens, but we must remember that in eternity God will comfort us, He will wipe away every tear. Keeping our eyes on the goal, on Christ and on eternity will help us get through this life with our faith intact.

Today's prayer: Lord, please comfort those who mourn, and please come soon! Amen.

R.C. VanLandingham lives in Florida with his wife and kids. He is the author of several books including the Christian fantasy books Peter Puckett & The Amulet of Eternity, Peter Puckett & the Enchanted Chalice, and Magdalene Hope & the Elves of Evermore.

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