Blessed are they that mourn….…. By LaKisha M. Johnson
Matthew 5:4, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
When I was a little girl, I was in love with dogs, I had this intense love for all animals, but a puppy was everything. I remember we had gone to the grocery store with my mom, and when we came out there was a lady who had puppies in a basket that she was giving away for free. There was this little sandy looking puppy that was sleeping in a ball. I must have begged my mom for a half hour before she consented. I loved this little dog immediately, he was a mixed breed, he was extremely furry and also very loving. I named him Pumpkin, because he always slept in this ball. Wherever I went he went, I couldn’t wait to get home from school, to play and love on him.
He stayed in the backyard every day and I would come home and call his name and he would come running. One particular day, I called his name and he didn’t come. I searched all over the backyard, and even the house thinking maybe, we left in. I couldn’t find him. I searched the neighborhood for him, and still there was no luck. I was devastated, by the time my mom came home, I couldn’t eat, think or sleep. I stayed up all night overwhelmed by the fact that he was gone, I went to school the next day, I couldn’t do my work, I couldn’t function. My little seven (7) year old heart was broken. I don’t know what made me pray but I remember coming home from school praying a prayer, like never before. I asked God, to return him. I was walking down the block almost home, and I felt the urge to call his name one more time, I did. All of a sudden he came running out the backyard. You should have seen the smile on my face.
This morning, that story came to my thoughts, while meditating on the beatitudes. God said, there is a promise for comfort in the depths of your mourning, in the depths of your grief. For the little seven (7) year old girl, the loss of her dog was devastating, He brought comfort, for the 35 year old woman it was the loss of a baby, He brought comfort, for the 40 year old woman, it was the loss of her husband, He brought comfort. Regardless of the situation, the promise of God was the same, Blessed are they that mourn (grieve), for I will send comfort (provide a solution, restore, cleanse, heal etc.). No matter what, God has a return for you. There will be a return on your grief, like an investment, of comfort for you.
Prayer: Father thank you for the return of comfort, restoration and healing for my grief. Thank you for healing me, cleansing me and providing a solution. I know I can rest in the fact that even in my dark places, the comforter will come. In Jesus Name. Amen
LaKisha M. Johnson is mom, author, motivational speaker, minister and teacher. She is the host of Coffee and Conversations on “facebook live” Monday-Friday at 5:00 am central standard time and Sundays at 7:00 am central standard time. She hosts a pajama party for women, “Pillow Talk” several times throughout the year, walking them through God inspired truths, while providing a place of vulnerability and transparency to talk. To find out more information on her log on to lakishamjohnson.com and follow her on social media @justbeinglmj.