Have you entered the fellowship of the sorrowing this week? When we think of this term, it usually translates into graveside scenes…occasions of deep mourning for the loss of someone dear. I have learned that this pain never really dissipates…but that, in time, it can evaporate from the initial thick and stifling cloud into a thin mist that only lightly shrouds the spirit. Perhaps this is what you have experienced lately. Feel the embrace of your Father:
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Rev. 21:4
Go here to read a recent sermon from my church (we are going through the Beatitudes), on “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” This is a different perspective on mourning…perhaps not what you might expect. These have been good messages–each of them a miniature portrait of our Savior.
This is an excerpt from the Desiring God blog. I don’t know that I can say I am entirely on every “page” with John Piper, but these little snippets that he shares on the blog have been a blessing to my heart time and again.
…the seasoned soul in Christ has a steady joy and a steady sorrow.
They protect each other. Joy is protected from being flippant by steady sorrow. Sorrow is protected from being fatal by steady joy.
And they intensify each other. Joy is made deeper by steady sorrow. Sorrow is made sweeter by steady joy.
For the seasoned Christian soul, I do not see how it can be otherwise while people are perishing and we are saved. I do not see how it can be otherwise while these two passages are written by the same inspired man:
I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. (Romans 9:2-3)
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. (Philippians 4:4)