All Saints – 2017

Revelation 7:9-17; Psalm 34:1-10,22; I John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12

Rev. Dr. Tim Connor

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” To grieve is to carry a weighty burden from which we may long to be liberated, so how can it be called blessed? To feel the burden of mourning is also to be open to comfort that begins in acts of restoration. Jesus himself is the comforter, the long expected one, who has experienced suffering and sorrow and who delivers relief in the form of healing, in restored relationships and the promise of release from pain. The hands of God that hold us in the midst of grief are a place of safety and protection that hold us safely until His purposes are fulfilled.