Beatitudes 3. It's okay to be sad

Church of England Beatitudes part 3

Beatitudes Part 3


Matthew 5 verse 4


 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted”.

This seems like an opposite – shouldn’t Jesus be telling us to be happy? And blessing us when we are happy and smiling?

But that’s not real life, there are times when we are sad.  Grief is one of those times, it’s the time when we mourn. 

As a priest I have seen many people who have lost people they love.  The feelings that they express at that loss vary tremendously.  There is no right way or wrong way.  But it’s a process it takes time, the thing is if you don’t grieve you will hold it inside you and it can do a lot of damage to yourself.

In some countries they have rituals to help people to grieve.   

You grieve because you have loved. Grieving is not a weakness it is a sign that we have loved someone very much.  Jesus wept over Jerusalem, and he wept at the tomb of Lazarus.  There were not tears of despair.  They were tears of love, and of loss.  To love is a something that Jesus calls us to do with all our hearts and minds. 

So, be blessed when you mourn, it is God’s way of holding you comforting you, during your time of loss.

Perhaps the children could make something to hold when they feel sad. 

To remind the children that it’s okay to be sad when we miss people perhaps you could create a board of tears where the children can put those that they miss, perhaps it could be a permanent board with a store of tears that can be added throughout the year.  Then at All Souls you could take down the tears and have a special time of prayer and remembering for the children.

Perhaps you could head it up - We miss you. 
                      ‘Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted’

J
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About Michelle Bailey

Reverend Michelle Bailey is the Rural Officer for the Bishop of Brecon and Swansea  She previously worked in Children's Ministry and was ordained in the Church of England. Her blog includes ideas on presenting concepts of faith to young children to the age of eleven and furthering faith development in an educational context. Michelle currently lives in Wales and is also developing a rural ministry blog.
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