Jesus said, “The wedding guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them…The days sill come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.” Mt 9:15
“But in the midst of all this pain, there is a strange, shocking, yet very surprising voice. It is the voice of the one who says, ‘Blessed are those who mourn, they shall be comforted.’ That’s the unexpected news; there is a blessing hidden in our frief. Not those who comfort are blessed, but those who mourn! Somehow, in the midst of our tears, a gift is hidden.” (With Burning Hearts, 28)
We mourn because the bridegroom, Jesus, has been “taken away” from us. We fast to show how we remember Him and long to be with Him. We desire to bring many souls with us when we do finally see him face to face. We are blessed (meaning “happy”) in our sorrow because we know this world is not all there is and that we are only “banished children…mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.” We desire to show Jesus that we are serious about living for Him and that He and His Kingdom are of the utmost importance to us. We are blessed, because one day we will be with Him, the one we love, FOREVER. He will comfort us with His very presence and dry every tear – BUT NOT HERE. Only after the cross, OUR cross, do we realize salvation, blessed salvation. Happily for us, we can be with him whenever we pray. Blessed are those who pray!
Keep praying, keep singing,