Thought for the day – #TFTD – Saturday 16th May

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Blessed are those who mourn,

for they will be comforted.

Matthew 5 : 4


“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” – C.S. Lewis

Blessed are those who don’t hide behind a brave face or stiff upper lip but who are vulnerable enough to cry and weep, in their vulnerability they show true strength.

Blessed are those who don’t distract themselves but allow themselves to feel the pain of mourning, it takes great courage to look at the suffering of the world with compassion.

Blessed are those who knew that by opening up their heart they were exposing themselves to the risk of loss but who chose to love anyway, even in their grief they have been shaped and transformed by love.

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

Prayer: Lord help me to mourn. Grant me the courage to face my feelings of loss and pain. Be close me as I confront the hurt that I carry and heal any wounds I am carrying. I want to have heart that is open to love and compassion, even when that means risking heartbreak. Help me be brave enough to be vulnerable.

Action: Mourning is deeply personal so it’s not for me to say what you should do or feel ion response to this passage. Spend a few moments reflecting on this verse and decide for yourself what you should do in response.