Featured Artist: Maureen Chung
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. | Matthew 5:4
Death was something I used to fear. When I was about maybe four or five years old, I vividly remember asking my mom if she would die one day. She was in the kitchen in the middle of cooking dinner, and I could tell she was initially surprised by my question and then she gave me a nervous giggle and said,
“Of course I am going to die.”
I walked away in shock, sat on the floor of my bathroom in the dark, and began to sob uncontrollably with the realization that my mommy would leave me. A few minutes later, my mom found me and consoled me as best as she could…
My young mind couldn’t comprehend at that time why my mom was so nonchalant about her own future demise. Why wasn’t she scared? Why didn’t my mom want to stay with me? Why did she look so happy and peaceful when she said her answer?! It wasn’t until I had a personal relationship with the Lord that I came to realize that death was NOT something I had to fear because death wasn’t the end like I thought it would be.
For my loved ones who know Jesus as Lord and Savior, I know that even if they pass from this world I have the assurance that I will see them again and that we will be reunited in heaven. King David said it best:
Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning…You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness. | Psalm 30:11
It seems odd to say that those who mourn are blessed, but the key to remember is this: the blessing comes from the assurance that we have the greatest comfort in knowing Christ defeated death when he rose from the dead, and as co-heirs of Christ we get to claim the same victory over death.
For a believer, death is but a
D O O R W A Y
to being with Christ for all eternity!
With such great hope, how can I not be comforted? How can I not praise Him? Now I eagerly wait to see Him face to face.