"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted" (Matthew 5:4 NIV)
We can lose our job, our possessions, our home, our income, our friends, our pets, our church or even the painful loss of a loved one. We all suffer loss, it often comes unannounced, it is always significant and can affect us deeply.
When we suffer loss we need to be able to mourn as it is part of the natural grieving process. If we are unable to mourn then the pain remains in our heart and may fester, producing only bitterness and resentment. Mourning allows us to release that which we've lost and, in time, we allow ourselves to be renewed.
When we mourn we are comforted. I particularly like the way the Message translates this beatitude:
"You're blessed when you feel you've lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you."
When we mourn, we allow ourselves to be embraced and held in perfect love. We are held in the Father's arms in the same way as a shepherd carries a lamb. We are nurtured in a way that heals and strengthens us.
If you are suffering, allow yourself to mourn and in doing so you open yourself to receive his comforting love.
If you would like to go deeper there is a series of teaching on Comfort, together with an article which you can download at http://afathertoyou.com/conferences
The next Fatherheart 'A' School in the UK is in July at Cloverley Hall in Shropshire. This is an opportunity for you to experience Father's love and to know his comforting love filling your heart. All the details together with an online booking form are at http://fhmaschool.uk You are all very welcome.