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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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December 27, 2011 - Darkness and Daylight of Mourning

By William E. Richardson

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4, NKJV).

A family weeping over the flag-draped casket of a loved one. The remains of once-cherished homes and possessions scattered in shreds and shards by a tornado or earthquake. An aged adult staring blankly out the window of her care facility room.

Images of loss. Scenes of sorrow. Reasons for grieving.

We feel our losses deeply. We realize the missing parts will not be restored. We know our lives will not be the same.

In those dark moments, God invites us to mourn. The sting of losing sometimes extracts tears, sometimes flashes of anger, sometimes a silent sense of helplessness.

Jesus mourned the death of John the Baptist and mourned over Jerusalem. He promised to comfort us when we mourn. In those dark moments, God invites us to trust. Not that He’ll restore the irreplaceable person or possessions. Rather, that He’ll walk with us in the days ahead until each wobbly step becomes sure-footed.

King David, while mourning the death of his child, realized his prayerful sorrow couldn’t “bring him back,” but that he could see him again someday in heaven (2 Samuel 12:23). God walked with David until that reunion.

In those dark moments, God invites us to rest. Rest in the wake of a jolt that knocks us off our feet? Yes. We can rest in God’s strength. His comfort puts flesh on Scripture’s promise, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13, NKJV).

One of the Lord’s final promises in the entire Bible rings out as our ultimate comfort — a day when tears, death, sorrow and pain will cease to exist (see Revelation 21:4).

Meanwhile, Jesus invites us to mourn, to trust and to rest in the comfort He promises and provides in this life.

— William E. Richardson is senior pastor of Afton (Iowa) Assembly of God.




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