Today has been a day of mourning for people all over this big and diverse world of ours. It has been a day of whys and hows, of what-nows and which-way-from-heres. Today, precious people in my town and in yours woke up next to a husband or wife and will lie down tonight alone, empty, shocked, and wondering where God is. Today, mothers buried children. Sons sat by dying mothers’ bedsides. Today, the grief was overwhelming, in doctors’ offices and hospital rooms and cold white hallways and living rooms.
Today, death and dying and loneliness hurt deeply.
But, God draws near to the broken-hearted and crushed in spirit. And, He is just as trustworthy today as He was yesterday. Things changed in a matter of minutes. Things changed forever. But, one thing is sure: He never changes. He is in control, He is working, and He is good. He is so, so good, even when we face despair and desolation on all sides.
He is hope. He is love. And He is comfort.
Mourners, He will gather your broken pieces.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4