INTRO: Can tears of joy and tears of sadness flow from our eyes at the same time? The last thing we want to hear when we are deeply mourning is “Cheer up, it will be all right.” Where is the happiness in mourning? Does Jesus only bless us when we are mourning? Who comforts the poor people of the world? This beatitude doesn’t make sense. What did Jesus mean when He told His disciples and followers this? This poem is based on the second of The Beatitudes found in the Bible in Matthew 5:4.
Conceit, arrogance, stubbornness
“I’m not that bad.” “I’m good enough.”
“I don’t need to grovel to God
For His help, mercy, and grace.”
Putting off confessing
Shallow thinking, trivializing.
Like King David with Bathsheba
When he tried to hide his sin
His body groaned in pain day and night
For God’s hand pressed heavily upon him.
Alone, Peter wept bitterly
Over his sin of denying Jesus
While Jesus cooked him breakfast
He restored Peter to love and service.
When the prodigal son repented
His father raced to forgive him
And welcomed him back into the family
It was as if he had never left.
A love of sin hardens our heart
Hinders God’s blessings for us
Minimizes God’s power and grace
From working in our lives.
A time of mourning demands
That we turn off frivolity
The stupid silliness of the world
And take a serious look at life.
Be quick to see and face our sin
Pray for strength to turn from it
Receive God’s joy and forgiveness
His grace, mercy, and strength.
Mourning over our sinful state
Leads us to repentance
Repentance to salvation
Salvation to life everlasting.
Jacob mourned, for Joseph was gone
His brothers had lied to cover their crime
His vitality drained like a summer drought
Until Joseph was, again, reunited with him.
Paul, locked away in a prison cell
Deserted by most, waiting for death
Longed to see Timothy his dear friend
And feel the joy of their friendship again.
The sorrow of loneliness
Separation from loved ones
Through death, divorce, or indifference.
Tears of loss
Tears of guilt
Tears of remorse
Tears of concern.
At Jesus’ feet, she wept her guilt
Her tears soaked his dusty feet
She wiped them dry with her locks of hair
She kissed his feet as He forgave.
Happy are believers who mourn
Our tearful prayers are heard by our Lord,
God promises to restore our joy
And comfort us with His love and grace.
Beverley Joy © 2021 of Simply Story Poetry
You may also enjoy my poem God Knows Firsthand Your Pain
You can read or listen to other poems in this series The Beatitudes of Jesus – An Introduction, Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit?, Blessed Are Those Who Mourn? Blessed Are The Meek? Blessed are Those who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness? Blessed are the Merciful? Blessed are the Pure?
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Matthew 5:1-12 The Zondervan NASB Study Bible copyright © 1999 Zondervan
Some of the Bible verses references: Luke 7:38, James 4:10, II Corinthians 7:10, 1 Thes 4:13, Jeremiah 18:12, Psalms 32:1-4, Gen 37:34-35, Mark 16.10, Luke 22.62, Psalm 51, 2 Tim 1:2-4