- PRAY: 24/7 Has launched a special week of prayer. www.24-7prayer.com
- FOSTER: Provide a home for orphaned refugees with Home For Good. www.homeforgood.org.uk
- WELCOME: Help our church be ready to welcome refugees to Woking. www.citizensuk.org
- CONNECT: Do you have connections for properties to rent? Speak to your Council about their response.
- GIVE: Make a donation through Open Doors to provide things like emergency food parcels. www.opendoorsuk.org
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
John 16:20 & 33 (NIV)
Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy… I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
Simon Tugwell: “Blessed are those who mourn" is, paradoxically, a more necessary message than "Rejoice in the Lord always," because there can be no true rejoicing until we have stopped running away from mourning.
Peter Kreeft: Every suffering can be blessed because it hollows out a place in us for God and his comfort, which is infinite joy.
Robert A. Guelich: [Mourning] cannot be limited exclusively to expressing sorrow for one's sin … or grief surrounding death. …Rather, "those who mourn" has the more comprehensive sense of Isaiah 61:2-3, an inclusive grief that refers to the disenfranchised, contrite, and bereaved. It is an expression of the intense sense of loss, helplessness, and despair.
David Ruis: Whom have I but you? Though the mountains fall into the sea… though my coloured dawn may turn to shades of grey… though the questions asked may never be resolved...
Richard Rohr: In this beatitude, Jesus praises … those who can enter into solidarity with the pain of the world and not try to extract themselves from it.