I am working on some ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENTS!
I shared back on this post “Spiritual Poverty” that I am spending my Prayer Chair time moving S.L.O.W.L.Y. through the BE-Attitudes.
The very first Blessing that Jesus chose, had me at hello. “Spiritual Poverty”.
I GET THAT ONE!!
The state of being utterly and completely in need of Jesus. His strength. His promises. His comfort. His unmerited love.
I meditated on those words for days, that led into a full week, then on into weeks. Finally, I heard the Lord’s nudge.
MOVE ON PAT!
I have known what ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT was coming and have not wanted to “go there”, if you know what I mean.
Today, I got brave, I figured I was going to have to move on sooner or later if I was ever going to make it through all 8 Attitude Adjustments. You can’t drop out on number 1.
Attitude Adjustment Number 2: Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, because they will be comforted.
This is the deal.
I have touched MOURNING. I’ll bet you have too.
1.the act of a person who mourns; sorrowing or lamentation.
2.the conventional manifestation of sorrow for a person’s death, especially by the wearing of black clothes or a black armband, the hanging of flags at half-mast, etc.
3.the outward symbols of such sorrow, as black garments.
4.the period or interval during which a person grieves formally expresses grief, as by wearing black garments.
I found it interesting that the definition or mourning was limited to death and highlighted “wearing black clothes”.
I have “worn black”.
Most of us have.
We have all lost family members and precious friends. We all know what it is to mourn, to grieve the loss by death of someone we love. The dark hole that we seem to fall into, dropping so deeply that no light shows above us and the bottom seems nowhere below.
Praise God, that is NOT the kind of darkness I am feeling these days. Nowhere near that actually. The mourning I am going through right now is more like the kind of “mourning” that is tied up with a “celebrating” bow.
I remember standing at the ironing board with my firstborn son’s Graduation Robes under the iron, wailing like a baby. Proud but Overwhelmed by the fast passing of babe to boy to man.
I have sat in the front row with snot and tears mixed all up and running over a wide grin (great word picture huh?). Proud but Overwhelmed by the fast passing of college bound boy to “husband”.
So, today, as I “mourn” yet another life transition—Mourning wrapped up in a bow—God’s Word has surrounded me with perspective.
Proud but Overwhelmed by the fast passing of EVERYTHING.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they WILL be comforted.
Jesus says so.
Have you experienced “mourning” lately? Are you now? I’d love to pray for you today.