Lesson for the Lord’s Day

Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4

A certain family became deeply worried about the illness of their little boy, and, when the lad died, they were overcome with grief. The parents hugged and wept, their sorrow almost more than they could bear. The boy’s grandfather took a different approach. Although he had dearly loved his grandson, he could not sit and mourn as the parents did. Instead, he went to the garden, started up the tiller, and spent the day cultivating the garden. His approach was simply another way to release his deep emotional overload. Family tragedies always result in mourning, and we have all come into contact with it because of the powerful bonds of love within our families. There are other types of mourning as well, when we think of the loss of friends, health, wealth, status, and treasures. But for the Christian, there is a time when mourning for all these losses will terminate forever.

The deep loss of a loved one seems too great to overcome. Wives who have lost a precious husband often say it is a loss that they never get over. Parents who lose a child often say the pain endures for the rest of their lives. For most of us, time will ease the pain of such losses, but the loss is never forgotten. How then can there be comfort for those who mourn? The comfort may be awhile in coming, but it will come. A sense of comfort is available to parents who see a child die, knowing that the child is safe in the Saviour’s arms. But the comfort becomes complete in the coming day when parents and child are reunited in the Glory. The same comfort is available to all of us who have seen loved ones die; the coming day will reunite us forever.

But what about other losses we encounter; how will be receive comfort regarding them? Consider a family whose beautiful and comfortable home is destroyed by fire. The loss seems so huge, and the precious possessions irreplaceable. That is a loss we might feel deeply now, but a loss that will seem so trivial when we enter the mansions of Glory. The loss of health now is to be compensated when we receive our new and glorified bodies. The loss of friends will give way to a glorious reunion that has no end. None of earth’s joys can compare to the promise of pleasures at our Saviour’s side forevermore.

A day is coming when our comfort will be complete and permanent. The anticipation of such a day should give us great comfort today. -Jim MacIntosh

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