Read our devotion today about mourning.
[Jesus said,] “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
No one chooses to be sad. It happens naturally enough when we experience loss or face the pain of difficult circumstances. And most days, in the global village of our world today, we can find plenty to be sad about. So much, in fact, that we may have short-circuited our ability to mourn.
When we mourn, we don’t have to wear black clothes, cry all day, or even feel sad. Mourning is more about our ability to recognize injustice, acknowledge imperfection, and spot the distance between our shattered world and God’s perfect holiness. It’s not up to us to close this gap—Christ has already provided the bridge between our sin and God’s love.
Mourning involves bringing our recognition of what’s broken before God and asking for his healing, comfort, and restoration. Today, you don’t have to be sad—although you may be—as you reflect on areas and individuals that need the love of Jesus.
Pray: “Lord, allow me to see the suffering of others as an opportunity to share your love with them. Open my heart to their pain and to be an instrument of your healing.”
Does Jesus Heal Your Hurt?
Read our devotion today where we discuss Psalm 34:18.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
When we were children, it only took a moment in our parent’s arms to get over a scraped knee or spilled cup of juice. The sense of closeness provided a tangible comfort to our distress. We felt safe and secure, aware that our painful problem bothered us but that our mother’s or father’s loving presence was bigger than any problem we encountered.
As we grow up, we learn to handle our painful losses and disappointments by ourselves—to tough it out and push through. But often these injuries never heal. They linger only to ache even more acutely.
We still need our Father’s embrace when we stumble and fall. Whether it’s a day where nothing goes right or a major life loss, we must remember that Someone is bigger than even the largest obstacle we may face. Even when we feel broken and crushed, God comforts us with his care.
Pray: “Remind me, Father, that you are always there for me, willing to comfort me and put my heart back together whenever it breaks.”
Is Jesus Your Shelter?
Read our devotion today that focuses on Nahum 1:7. “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.” – Nahum 1:7
In a rainstorm, we take refuge wherever we can find a safe, dry shelter that covers us. Most of the time, we like to be in a house or building to escape the storm, but sometimes a doorway, bus stop, or cave keeps us out of harm’s way. We may still get a little wet, but we’re safe from the brunt of the storm.
During the storms of life, God wants to cover us the same way. When we run to him, we can experience his care and compassion, a safe shelter from all the harsh words, hurtful actions, and hateful harassment of a bad day. Like warming before a fireplace after getting soaked by the rain, we can experience the renewed energy to venture out again the next day.
Regardless of the kind of weather you experience today, God is there for you.
Pray: “I want to trust you completely, Lord, and to take refuge in the shelter of your goodness. Thank you for protecting me from any storms I may face today.”