2nd Friday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 9:13–21, Job 6:14–30, Matthew 5:4

Yesterday, when we were talking about misery loving company, we were ultimately talking about people without grace and generoy in their s. Today’s misery is very different.

For today, misery needs company. We as a and as a culture are pretty awful at mourning. We have clinicized death, separating it from our lives, except for entertainment. The reason this is important is by separating ourselves from it, we have also lost the ability to mourn. We don’t even have the “professional” mourners and wailers that Jeremiah speaks of.

Instead, many of us are like Job, feeling ed when our friends avoid or abandon us during our grief. You may be saying to yourself, “my friends haven’t done that” or “I have not done that to my friends”. If so, you and/or your friends have a ministry: to the church and the world. The church and the world avoid those feelings of loss and grief. The world and the church teach it differently, but the result is the same, “suck it up, and on.”
There is also a darker side to this, and that is when death occurs in an estranged . Many of the same s in an estranged occur in “normal” , for we are very much estranged from each other. In estranged , there is often an “I don’t care” . The problem is that if there are too many estranged in one’s life, there is also a lot of emotional baggage that often doesn’t get dealt with.

, however, s that those who mourn will be comforted.

1) If you are a follower of , and says that those who mourn will be comforted, what do you think that means for you?

2) When you have grieved or mourned have you pushed people away? If so, why? If people “ran away” from you, how did that make you feel?

3) When is and what makes grieving or mourning healthy and unhealthy?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.