Every week at our church we have something transitional in the order of service. It’s a short exhortation that helps us transition from our occupation with the secular, and focus our thoughts on the sacred. Various elders and aspiring leaders are given the opportunity to present these, and I’ve included one below.
by Blake La Grange
The world is full of calamity. Violence and injustice have shattered our disillusioned pursuit of happiness. There is a tension between mourning over tragedy, and our selfish preoccupation with comfort. We say that we are mourning and weeping and praying over evil, but are we really?
What does it mean to truly mourn? Jesus was called a man of sorrows, well acquainted with grief. Christ is empathy personified. He weeps, has compassion, and comforts those who are hurting. Our mourning, however, often falls short of what God expects from us.
The difference secular and biblical mourning profound. The world mourns over the consequences of sin, but not over the conviction of sin.
But how do we mourn? It includes empathy with others, but also grief regarding our own condition. We mourn the indifference of our hearts towards Christ and the price he paid on the cross. It’s true that God wants us to be happy, but in order to realize it, we must first mourn.
But what does mourning produce? Jesus says, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Comfort follows mourning. Salvation follows mourning. No one in the history of mankind has ever come to Christ without the Holy Spirit piercing the heart and causing us to mourn over the conviction of sin. Mourning over our sin drives us to the cross of Christ for relief.
What then does mourning promise? If you mourn over the realization and conviction of your sin, Christ will be faithful and just to forgive. What greater happiness is there than to know that we are right with God? Let us then give praise to the one who provides true happiness to those who call upon His name.