Those Who Mourn

Yesterday we talked about Jesus’s statement that “blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
We discussed the fact that we often mourn loved ones who have died, but also mourn more abstract things like dreams that did not come to fruition, an “ideal” family life, the career we wanted, etc. Perhaps more painful, we mourn the mistakes we have made, and the knowledge that things could have been different had we not taken the paths we chose to take.
To all of these griefs, Jesus offers his empathy. We know that Jesus himself mourned his beloved friend, Lazarus, to the point of tears, even though he knew (better than anyone!) that Lazarus would one day rise from the dead (John 11).
Jesus looks on those who mourn with sympathy and compassion, and promises that comfort is on the way. 
The difficult part of this is that we, in our culture of instant communication, fast cars, and “quick transformations,” expect our grief to be turned to gladness instantaneously. But true growth, true gladness, true happiness, return to us slowly, almost imperceptibly slow in their return.
One of the worst parts of grief is feeling like it will never, ever end. But Jesus’s words remind us that gladness will return, and that God is always with us, especially in the darkest times as we wait through our grief.
With your family or friends, share a time or a situation that you mourned. How did you experience comfort? Do you still feel grief?