Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

We were blessed that day as we returned from the hospital, having prayed next to Andrew's broken body and found our home filled with people who loved us. We were blessed as that community literally moved in together for weeks to simply be present with one another in our loss and brokenness. We were blessed because we were comforted by a community made possible by the brokenness and resurrection of Christ.

The community into which Jesus invites us is beautiful because it is a sacred place—the only place—in which the mourner can truly find comfort. In this community, even our repentance is born out of our shared confession and forgiveness; here, our mutual brokenness does not expose us, but rather unites us in grace. It is a place where our suffering, whether at the hands of others or by tragic circumstance, can find relief, a sanctuary of hope and compassion. When we encounter the radical grace of the community formed in Christ, we are compelled to share it with others, to invite them into our brokenness to therefore share in our comfort.

To mourn is not a denial of Christ's ultimate victory over suffering, but rather the natural and appropriate response to a world in which we have been separated from our Creator. And as we mourn, we are comforted by his Holy Spirit, the great Comforter who dwells in and among us, uniting us as his body, a community of the resurrection.

5/8/2012 4:00:00 AM
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