Monday the prayer room team studied one of the Beatitudes of Jesus, “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted,” Matthew 5:4.

At first glance, we think of mourning in regard to the loss of loved one. While this is certainly true, that only scratches the surface.

The Beatitudes are a progression, I believe they are a progression of our spiritual life. Those who mourn come after the first beatitude, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven,” Matthew 5:3. We are poor in spirit when we come to terms with the true condition of our heart before God. The next step is mourning. We mourn that our heart is the way it is and that outside of God we can’t do anything about it.

I had initially thought that God brings us through the mourning process really fast, so we can quickly get on with setting things right. But after considering it today, true mourning takes a bit of time. If we fly through the mourning, we miss the comfort of the Lord. While we certainly want to progress to setting our hearts right, the presence and comfort of God extremely important. It’s in the the place of comfort where He tells us who we are in Him and how much He desires us to be whole. The comfort gives to us the grace to move toward meekness, hunger and thirst for righteousness, mercy, purity, and peace.