posted May 28, 2012, 11:10 AM by David Gerhart   [ updated May 28, 2012, 11:10 AM ]
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."  Mt.5:4

"Hallowed be thy Name!" Mt. 5:9

Joy is a result of having been created in Gods image; we are imbued with God-like attributes, one of which is free will.  To have free will means that we are free to pursue what pleases us. To desire a thing is to experience lack. Great joy can only be experienced when we obtain something we deeply desire.  Joy is an experience of being filled.

Therefore, as joy is contingent on lacking, unfulfilled desires produce pain. Loss and sadness are intimately connected with expectations, a sense of justice and fairness.  Unmet expectations become resentments which are really anger in disguise.  And anger is an early step along the chain of grief.

When there is mourning for lacking things of this world, it will pass -- because the things of this world are like chaff and dross.  The fires of refinement separate dross from the gold and the stormy winds of life blow away chaff.  All one must do is wait for tribulation.

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." Jn. 16:33

There is one form of loss that cannot be burned or blown away, because it's eternal.  This is the loss of relations with God.  We sin and in turning away from Him, we pollute ourselves.  In our shame, he turns away because pure holiness cannot look on unrighteousness. God is like us and loves us, our sin causes Him great pain.  The cost to him of our sin was the blood of his own Son.  God the Father sent God the Son to die for sin; Jesus was separated from the Father and paid the price.  And because He was God, Christ rose from the dead, making atonement and breaking the bonds eternal separation from God because of sin.  Now that's something to be joyful over. 

"For God (the Father) so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten son ... who ever believes in him will not perish, but have everlasting life.  Jn 3:16

Much deeper than the grief we can ever experience over the passing of worldly things, true believers will mourn over the pain they have caused their Lord.   In forgiveness, we experience restoration, through the free gift of Christ which is grace, comes our comfort. 

"When the Comforter comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me." Jn 15:26.

In Christ is great comfort.  Salve for an aching soul, longing to be filled with the abiding truth:  This life is forfeit, there is joy only in the life of Christ.