Yes, I know, that’s a strange title for a blog post. It is an oxymoron that has been on my mind of late, as I have attended several funerals recently with family and friends.
King Solomon stated in the book of Ecclesiastes that “it is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting…” But how could that be possible? Who wants to sit around and pout when they could party, instead?
I’ve been thinking a lot lately of loved ones who have passed away and about friends who have moved out of state that I no longer get to see frequently. Sadness and mourning fill my heart at these times, so how could that make me happy?
Look at the rest of the scripture to understand the answer:
It’s easy to float through life when things are going smoothly or when you are busy with schedules and/or physical possessions. Loss and tragedy can make you pause long enough to re-evaluate your life.
Sitting in the crowd during a funeral service, it’s hard not to think that some day I will be the one lying in the box. It helps me think about and take stock of my life:
- Why am I here?
- What is my purpose in life?
- What have I contributed to this world that’s of any value?
- How many days to I have left on this earth, and am I using them well?
Such sobering thoughts help me organize my priorities and live more conscientiously. This pause for thoughtful self-evaluation is how mourning can lead to a joyous lifestyle and help you develop a meaningful, peaceful life.
When I slow down to examine my life and look around this world, I see the patterns, the complexity, the balance…I see the hand of the Creator.
When I seek His truths in His Word, I find a pattern of living based on relationships, love, and unselfishness. Walking in His footsteps, I make choices that lead my life down a wonderful path which grows brighter every day.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
One last thought: “We’re all in this together,” as they say, so I encourage you today to pay extra attention to those around you and support them. Whether you feel like laughing or crying at the moment, “this, too, shall pass;” and like it or not, we need each other.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.