We talked about how even though we are Christians, that does not mean our lives will be easy, or without pain or loss. And that in our world today, our happiness and feelings of blessing are often associated with "things going our way" or in things/people/situations. But those that mourn with the Lord, will receive blessings of comfort.
Then we moved into what things do we mourn. Pastor Dave mentioned how often mouring is associated with the loss of life/a loved one. And while this is a valid definition, we also mourn many other things as well. Sharing from the congregation mentioned such things as job loss, relationships, marriage/divorce, changes in family such as empty nest, financial issues, personal items, homes and many other things.
We talked about how loss and certain kinds of sorrow are common to all humans and we're not exempt because we are Christians. Pastor Dave shared some examples from the Bible about mouring and we learned that mourning equals loss plus love. That love makes us vulnerable and we can only experience mourning if we love.
Finally, we moved into how repentant devotion can cause us to mourn our sins. That God-driven or Godly grief can be a mouring that leads to blessing. Pastor Dave encouraged us to read Psalm 51 this week.
If you were will us, you'll remember the balloon illustration at the end. How we cannot keep our balloons in the air on our own. But with God, they soar away. If you weren't with us in worship, check out the video page in a week or two and check it out. "Cast your cares on me."
Last week we learned about spiritual poverty, and this week we see where that leads to Godly sorrow (mourning) -- the poor in spirit become those who mourn -- and from the mourning come blessing and comfort.