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Mourning on Earth

Ecclesiastes 7


 1 A good name is better than fine perfume,
   and the day of death better than the day of birth.
2 It is better to go to a house of mourning
   than to go to a house of feasting,
for death is the destiny of everyone;
   the living should take this to heart.
3 Frustration is better than laughter,
   because a sad face is good for the heart.
4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning,
   but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.
5 It is better to heed the rebuke of a wise person
   than to listen to the song of fools.
6 Like the crackling of thorns under the pot,
   so is the laughter of fools.
   This too is meaningless.

So we have had several deaths in our circle of family and friends lately.  If I dwell on it too much it seems to push my mood down.  But then out of the blue HE sends HIS word to give me comfort and knows exactly what I need and when I need it.  I read through this passage over this summer and never really read it until the other morning…I had just heard of another friend passing and the killings in Tucson, and I was searching for answers.  I flipped the small purse Bible I have and there in front of my face was my answer.  HE led me to the verse on mourning…how wonderful and good my God is.  Yes the pain in my heart is grief and yes my soul sings in mourning for the friends and family lost, but now I understand that mourning is good.  That sadness here on the earth is a healthy way to feel.  Grief and mourning is part of life and death.  I really feel the people of older times really had this one down, they would go into a mourning state after loosing a loved one…they would wail and cry out loud for the loss they are feeling…now adays even if someone is going through a very tough loss there are people who tell us we should not carry on so, or they only show up for the day of the funeral, yet the pain and sadness continues…they need our help, we need to continue to reach out to these dear loved ones that have loss a loved one.  We have to come around them and be with them on this mourning journey they are on.  They can do it by themselves, but it is always easier when we share in this process, and give them the extra love and support.  Remember LOVE is the greatest gift we can give and the greatest commandment ever.  Love your neighbor as yourself…

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