THE second beatitude reads, "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted." Once when a sense of sadness knocked loudly at the door, there came also the query, What could Jesus have thought was "blessed" about mourning? The answer quickly unfolded, as answers do when we reason things out with God, for need and supply, spiritually understood, cannot be separated,—they are forever the two that are one. It was then seen that the blessed thing about mourning is this, it is itself a dawning conviction of the utter insufficiency of things finite, and this conviction causes one to look higher, to seek satisfaction in the permanent facts of being, thus finding in the infinite ocean of Truth and Love all for which we sought in vain in the material realm. The spiritual facts of being richly supply comfort, peace, permanence, home, and, above all, an all-satisfying companionship with God.

The promise to those that mourn is that "they shall be comforted." What is the essential comforter in their case? Is it not a consciousness that the all-sufficiency of the infinite overrules the insufficiency of the finite? Then blessed indeed are they who are turning from empty dreams to drink deep of the living waters which ever pour from the omnipresent Comforter. It is needless to add that the temptation to grieve was quickly healed and that a higher sense of joy filled the empty corner of mortal mind. In these moments of sweet communion with God, these quiet times of reasoning together, one receives such tender enlightenment and such helpful, practical instruction that in rapture we exclaim with the apostle Paul, "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!"

February 27, 1909

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