Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Pastor's Ponderings, May 26, 2014

Blessed Are They That Mourn

A college student commits suicide following cyber bullying. A lone gunman opened fire on streets full of students. Phoenix Coldon, a junior at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, has been missing since Dec. 18, 2011 and her parents have spent countless hours and their entire life savings on the search for their daughter. A relative of our former church member recently committed suicide.

When one observe the media, it is very easy to find horror stories that stop you in your tracks.  It seems that all over the world, people are committing heinous unspeakable acts. What is the responsibility of those that love God to those who are mourning losses?

Our responsibility is to intercede in pray for those who have lost loved ones and to express words of comfort (Proverbs 25:11, 1 Peter 3:12, Matthew 5:4).  We have to assure them that God is a present and He will help comfort them in the midst of their pain (Psalm 46:1).  We must not be like the friends of Job who tried to blame him for his misfortune (Job 1-31).  Instead, we should speak helpful words to each other (1 Corinthians 14:3) and pray for each other.

As we close another Memorial Day weekend, please remember to pray not only for the families of fallen soldiers but also for those who are mourning for their lost ones and offer words of comfort to those in need.

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Proverbs 25:11
11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

1 Peter 3:12
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12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.

Matthew 5:4
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4 Blessed are those who mourn
for they will be comforted.

Psalm 46:1
46 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

1 Corinthians 14:3
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But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.

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