Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4 I had planned to blog tonight more of an update on some ways that we have been trying to walk forward. That will have to wait for my next blog. The reason is that God has been highlighting a word and a verse to me all day long. Then when I opened up my grief journal today (I do a lesson every night) at the very top was the same verse that God had been bringing to my mind all day. I take that as I sign that maybe processing it out on my blog will be helpful to someone-that's always my hope. So here goes.

The word that He has been giving me over and over today is "comforted". As I prayed about what exactly that means He gave me the verse above that blessed are you when you mourn for you will be comforted. I looked up the word comforted in the dictionary. It means-relief in affliction, consolation, or solace. When I looked up affliction it means- a state of distress, pain, grief or misery. So basically comfort is relief from grief and misery. What this verse is promising is that when you mourn you will have relief from your grief. Let's go even deeper. The word blessed means-consecrated, holy and sanctified. Holy, consecrated and sanctified all mean the same thing but mainly it boils down to a sacred (regarded with reverence) place. It means that your grief and sadness are a sacred place (or a place where you are set apart) a place where God can and will do an amazing work in your life if you allow Him to. And as He works in your life He is also bringing relief from the grief and the misery you are feeling. My time of mourning is not just a time of mourning. It is so much greater than that. It is God refining me and taking me deeper with Him while also promising to heal me from my pain at the very same time. What a promise that is. God was also reminding me about how we call our top heaviest blanket on our bed the comforter. It is the most substantial thing that we wrap around us as we rest. He was showing me that is just another picture of who He is. The most substantial piece to the puzzle of where we find our rest.

That is what I needed to be reminded of today. God is doing a work in me in the midst of my pain. He is refining me and setting me apart. But He also remembers that there is an emotional aspect to grief too. And He is right there in the midst of that as well, bringing an end to my pain and misery. Not that the hurt and sadness ever completely fades. I have been told to prepare to live with a piece of that for forever. But another promise of His is this.

"weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5"

I will leave the sacred place and enter into a place of joy again because that is what He promises. That is why we are blessed to mourn because we leave this time of mourning much better people and more refined than when we entered. So if that is you be encouraged in your mourning. Because your comforter is all around you and in due time your grief will ease and your joy increase. Thankful for that promise tonight.

"In Christ Alone"

In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song; this Cornerstone, this solid Ground, firm through the fiercest drought and storm. What heights of love, what depths of peace, when fears are stilled, when strivings cease My Comforter, my All in All, here in the love of Christ I stand.