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“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” (Matthew 5:4).

Over and beyond those who are suffering loss, how many mourn over the state of this world?  Too many eat, drink, and make merry thinking this world is just fine the way it is.  It is not.  Sin, death, and the devil cause great pain and suffering.  Do you mourn the state of the world?  The comfort of the Lord is not some salve, but the hope we all have that because He lives, we too shall live.

Lord, You have conquered sin, death, and the devil.  Guide me in Your goodness to know that in You I do have hope and a future.  You have called me out of the world to be a part of Your kingdom.  Even though I still have one foot in this world, I yet have hope in the resurrection.  Help me to understand this paradox so that I may humbly walk with You, my God and Maker.

Lord Jesus, You spoke words that call each of us to mourn the loss of eternal life for every soul who rejects the faith.  You Have called us beyond ourselves to have concern for the state of the world.  Lead me this day to lament this world, but also to rejoice in the salvation which is mine in You.  Let the comfort I receive be that which You give, enabling me this day to live in the true hope of salvation.  Amen.

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