We are not alone in our sorrow



“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted” [Matthew 5:4].

I have met many wonderful people in my life; however, I have never met a person who enjoyed sorrow. We all do our best to avoid it.

Sorrow can do one of two things: It can make you bitter or it can make you draw closer to God. Each of us must make up our own mind as to what we allow it to do to us.

Be still, sad heart! And cease repining;
Behind the clouds, the sun’s still shining;
They fate the common fate of all,
Into each life, some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In our times of sorrow, it is great to know that we are not alone. God understands our heartbreaks, and He promises never to leave us. “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted” [Matthew 5:4].

When we talk about sorrow, there are many unanswered questions. We can ask the question, “Why?” However, we don’t get the answer. Sometimes, when we receive the answer, we are not satisfied, and often more troubled than before, we again ask, “Why?”

Think of it this way, “The soul would have no rainbow had the eye no tears” [John Vance Cheney].

The good news for the children of God is found in 1 Thessalonians 4: 16-18, “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, so shall we ever he with the Lord. Wherefore, comfort one another with these words.”

Those whom you love, hold close to your heart every hour you live. You may wake up one morning and find there are no more hours left.




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George A. Hazlett is a retired minister in the Church of the Nazarene. He has written the weekly column, Think About it!, published weekly in Farm and Dairy for almost 28 years. He and his wife, Myrna, live in Hartville, Ohio.


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