Blessings to the Meek?

Matthew 5:1-7 (5:5)

Along comes the Rabbi Jesus, and what is the next Beatitude that He proposes? Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.Now, wait a minute, Jesus! This is completely the opposite of everything that earthly society and worldly people say to us all the time. If we want to dominate the world, we need to show everyone who is boss! We need to show off our strength and power and domination! Don’t we?

Or, what does Jesus say? Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.Those words don’t sound very dominating or power-hungry to me! Here again, Jesus tells us explicitly that followers of Christ are not like the world. We are following the Topsy-Turvy Teachings of Jesus, here! Not going along with the world, at all!

The large crowd listening to the Rabbi Jesus was probably puzzled, too. What was this unknown Rabbi talking about?

Meekness is a synonym of gentleness. In Jesus day, land was meaningful and important and many people had their land taken away by people who used force and violence. Jesus promises the gentle, kind, and humble people (the meek) will receive not just land, but the whole earth. People of that day were used to hearing about the land grabs that the people in charge did, almost always without any consequences. Land was a source of wealth, and to be stripped of your family’s land was to have a great deal of wealth stolen right from under your noses. This was the situation with the oppressing, conquering nation of the Romans. They took a great deal of land and wealth from the Jewish people as an occupying nation.

When Jesus said that the meek will inherit the earth, how do you think that sounded to the crowds listening to Jesus? What would that do to the occupying forces of Rome if meek, gentle people from Israel inherited the earth, right from under their occupying noses?

The worldly point of view – both in the 1st century and in modern-day popular society – is that fighting, conquest, and gaining material power is the key to getting to the top of the heap. Dominating other strong people, bulldozing your way to the front of the line is the way that worldly people get ahead. That’s the way people inherit the earth – isn’t it? Think about it another way. How are we to act as followers of Christ? Cut-throat, or Christ-following?

When you think of being meek and gentle, what do you think of? I mentioned caring for small animals a few minutes ago. Can you think of someone who cares for tiny puppies or kittens, and imagine them steamrolling over smaller, weaker people? These two pictures are not compatible. Which do you think Jesus would do? Which would Jesus want us to do?

I realize being meek and gentle gets a bad rap today. Someone who is meek and gentle is not the kind of person I’d imagine as a poster child for military organizations. Someone who is meek and gentle often comes across as a Casper Milquetoast, a person who is shy, retiring, and inoffensive. But, have you ever thought of someone who is meek and gentle as being a strong individual? Someone who is so strong and confident themselves that they do not care what other people think? I think that is exactly the kind of person our Lord Jesus was lifting up.

This promise – this Beatitude – this blessing towards gentle, kind and meek people is the wonderful blessing that these unlikely people will be the ones who become inheritors of the earth. The ones who will receive land, and therefore will receive riches and wealth, as perceived by the world. Not the worldly people who use power, force and control. Yes, these are indeed the Topsy-Turvy Teachings of Jesus!

Jesus is not just talking about the physical land of Israel, but the whole earth. This also holds a powerful message for us about caring for the earth. Meek, or humble, people live with an awareness of others’ needs—the planet, animals, and other people. They remember that the whole earth—everything they have and receive, including land—belongs to God. And they care for it with that in mind, using what they have with respect and love.
Are you uncaring, oblivious to the needs of others? Have you been conscious of others’ needs today? Or, do you walk along, without a care in the world? I know there are people who are preoccupied with their own challenging problems and difficulties. The Rabbi Jesus is calling us to be outwardly focused, to come alongside of those who are struggling, becoming aware of others’ difficult journeys. There is much suffering and sadness in the world. We need to be strong – in meekness and gentleness.

Which would you rather be? Would you rather think and act on the side of the world, and steamroll and punch down any little pipsqueak who asks you for a hand or a cup of cold water? Again, what would Jesus do?

Or, would Jesus continue to be courageous and strong – strong enough to be gentle, meek and kind? It’s a clear decision that is open to us all. We are to follow Jesus. Be meek. Be gentle. Be kind, like our Lord. And especially, we are commanded to show love. Not picking and choosing, but instead being meek and gentle to all. No matter what, no matter who. Blessings from God to the meek, indeed!  Alleluia, amen

SUNDAY SERVICE 24/07/2022Preacher: Rev Dr. John Sigudla. Theme:THE SORROW, THE NEED AND THE PROVISION.

2 kings 4:1-8

The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.” 2 Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?” “Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”

3 Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. 4 Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.” 5 She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring.

1.  INTRODUCTION.

The world in which we are living is full of serious challenges and we need to know where we take these challenges too. It is your choice, given by God to take your challenges wherever you want to take them. One thing that God has allowed is the power of decision making. God cannot decide for you, he gives you great and good options, and it is you who will finally take a decision either for good or for your own destruction. Choose life and you will live.

2.  The servant of God a Prophet at the Bible College died. The sorrow.

2.1.     The Bible is not specific what caused the death of a prophet.

2.2.     Servants of God are also dying, no one will live forever.

2.3.     The world in which we are living has some serious limitations, I am not held alive because of my medical aid, and I am still alive because God wants me to fulfil my assignment here on earth.

2.4.     You are still kept alive for a reason and may God help us all to fulfil the remaining assignments given to us since birth.

2.5.     The student prophet died while training and many pastors or servant of God are gone through many attacks of life.

2.6.     My still living doesn’t make me better than those who are gone, No! It is but God’s grace upon my life and the life of my wife and children.

2.7.     Those who have lost their love ones please know that it was not a mistake, but it was time, stay comforted, God still loves you and he is still in full control of the universe.

2.8.     The prophet left his wife and children.

2.8.1.       The loss was great and questions mounted, why God did you allow your prophet to die?

2.8.2.       What are we going to eat and how are we going to survive?

2.8.3.       What have we done or what has your prophet done deserving such a death while in training for your work?

2.8.4.       And many other questions might have clouded their minds.

3.  THE NEED WAS REAL

3.1.     The prophet left behind debts that he made with a hope of paying those debts as time goes on.

3.2.     There was no longer income and payments of the debts,

3.3.     The debts were not secret but family debts known by the wife and the children.

3.4.     The debtors came and demanded their money and they were turned away without getting anything.

3.5.     I just imagine this family in sorrow, getting calls that when are you going to pay us.

3.6.     The debtors knew that the servant of God was dead, but they were still merciless.

3.7.     They cared for nothing whether the family was godly and not, they wanted their money. What a heavy sorrow that came upon this family.

3.8.     Relatives were there, but couldn’t help the situation.

3.9.     Church members and the church was there but couldn’t help the situation.

3.10.The government was there, but couldn’t help the situation.

APPLICATION IN OUR OWN LIVES.

Is this not what is happening with all of us? Even people you so much trusted, they are no longer answering your calls.

Relatives are far away from you, they are saying may his God help him/her.

Friends are few, if you remember Job; he was left with only three friends in those dark hours of his life.

These dark hours’ falls upon each and every individual living in this world, the solution lies with you how you react in those dark hours of life.

a)  Some decide to take their lives that are called suicide.

b)  Some decide to abundant their homes seeking for better life somewhere else.

c)   Some turn into drugs.

d)  Some turn into crime

e)  Some decide to throw themselves alive under the speeding bus and thus killing themselves as if it was an accident.

f)    Some decide to kill the whole family and thereafter kill themselves as we see happening nowadays.

g)  The world is not a safe place to live without God, allows God in your life and he will fight for you in all these perils of life, pandemics, hatreds, bad friends, and witches in this world.

h)  Surely you are not going to make on your own, even saying “Best times are yet to come” the scientists and the futurists, will tell you that worse times are yet to come.

4.  THE PROVISION.

4.1.     This widow turned to the servant of God which basically he turned to God for her situation. When you consult God, through his servants, God will lay in the hearts of his servants’ right answers and solution or counsel which is more than advice in the mouth of his servant to utter towards your situation.

4.2.     This woman, approached Elisha the prophet about her serious problems, do not treat your problems light. Your problems are there to steal your faith in God. Therefore use the services of those people God has laid in your life and your life will be sorted out.

4.3.     The prophet asked what this widow has, nothing more and nothing less. What do you have,

4.4.      The answer was the last oil in my jar, and the prophet said, borrow as many jars as possible and pour out the oil in those jars and sell them, pay your debts and have enough to eat.

4.5.      That is exactly what this widow did, in the Bible I have never seen a widow forsaken by God. You too God has something special for your life, just remain faithful to him, he is more than faithful and he cannot be against his Word.

4.6.      The oil came out as long the barrels were there, the sooner the barrels, got finished, the oil stopped.

4.7.      Be open to your God 24/7 and he will fill you to the brim. The manner in which we open ourselves to God, counts enormously. Little opening will allow little blessings. Great opening to the things of God, will allow great out-pouring of God’s blessings and Spirit upon your life.

5.   CONCLUSION.

5.1.     Each and every problem has an expiry date.

5.2.     When you concentrate on problems, you will have more problems.

5.3.     Jesus says”Do not worry about tomorrow since tomorrow will take care of itself.

5.4.     Jesus says “Look at the birds, they do not plough work, but they have all what they need on the daily basis, your Father in heaven is taking care of them and what about you? You are more valuable than these birds”

5.5.     Therefore know your redeemer is alive and cares about you as he cared for this widow, he will care for you too, whether you are a widow or not.

5.6.     To God is the glory now and forever more.

Stay blessed forever.

Darkness and light are metaphors for evil and good

If anyone sees an angel of light, it will automatically seem to be a good being, for the correlation of evil with darkness, and of good with light, is a powerful archetype in human history. In the Bible, light is a spiritual metaphor for truth and God’s unchanging nature James1:17 . It is repeatedly used in the Bible to help us understand that God is wholly good and truthful 1John1:5 . When we are in the light,we are with Him 1Peter2:9 . He exhorts us to join Him in the light 1John1:7, for giving us light was His purpose John12:46. Light is the place where love dwells and is comfortable 1John2:9-10. God has created light Genesis1:3, dwells in the light 1Timothy6:16 and puts the light in human hearts so that we can see and know Him and understand truth 2Corinthians4:6 .

So, when 2Corinthians11:14 tells us that Satan disguises himself as an angel of light, it means that Satan capitalizes on our love of the light in order to deceive. He wants us to think that he is good, truthful, loving, and powerful – all the things that God is. To portray himself as a dark, devilish being with horns would not be very appealing to the majority of people. Most people are not drawn to darkness, but to light. Therefore, Satan appears as a creature of light to draw us to himself and his lies.

How can we discern which light is of God and which light is of Satan? Our minds and hearts are easily confused by conflicting messages. How can we make sure we are on the right path?Psalm 119 says, Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (verse 105) and The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple (verse 130). The words of God have power. Just as God’s voice spoke physical light into existence, it can speak spiritual light into our hearts. Exposure to His voice – in His Word – will help us recognize the difference between the good light of God and that which is counterfeit.

Satan presents sin to us as something pleasing and beautiful to be desired, and he presents false teaching as enlightening and life-changing. Millions follow his deceptions simply because they do not know God’s truth. Isaiah 8:20-22 describes the darkness that results from ignoring the Word. The people of Israel have been seeking truth by consulting mediums, deceived by Satan’s lie. Isaiah says, To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. They will pass through the land, greatly distressed and hungry. And when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will speak contemptuously against their king and their God, and turn their faces upward. And they will look to the earth, but behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish. And they will be thrust into thick darkness.

Darkness is a result of attempting to find truth without the Word of God. Sadly, as Isaiah says, when people do not have the dawn, they wander in darkness and often become angry at God, refusing to come to Him for help. This is why Satan’s masquerade as an angel of light is so effective. It turns white to black and black to white and gets us believing that God is the liar, that God is the source of darkness. Then, in our distress, we focus our hatred towards the only One who can save us.

You shall taste and see that the Lord is indeed good to you.

3 John 1:2 – Most of all, God wants you to enjoy soul prosperity. Your outward indicators are not as important as your inner life.
God wants you to prosper in all things—all areas of your life.

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be healthy, even as your soul prospers. 3 John‬ ‭1:2‬ ‭
Jeremiah 17:8 – The secret to a tree being fruitful is the health of its root system.
Water is a picture of God’s word.
The root system is about your secret life between you and the Lord.

For he will be as a tree planted by the waters, who spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes, but its leaf will be green, and will not be concerned in the year of drought. It won’t cease from yielding fruit. Jeremiah‬ ‭17:8‬ ‭
We are not numbered among those who are resigning, but we will be the ones who are possessing our inheritance in Christ.

John 15:5, 7 – It is not just about the written Word but also your connection with the Living Word (Jesus). Involve Jesus in your daily life and ask Him to guide you.
To remain is meno in Greek with means to stay there.

I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me and I in him bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing…If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you.
John‬ ‭15:5, 7‬ ‭

John 15:9 – Jesus did not say feel My love. He said remain (means to believe that you are loved by Him, even when you do not feel it).
Faith is to have a good opinion of God. You do not need emotions to assure you that He is real and true.
Faith is not a feeling. Oftentimes, the positive feelings will follow as you get better at something.

Even as the Father has loved me, I also have loved you. Remain in my love. (John‬ ‭15:9‬ ‭WEBUS‬‬)

Having a secret root life that cultivates soul prosperity. This then leads to us prospering in all things and being in health.

Psalm 92:12-13 – A palm tree is strong and can withstand storms. You will bear fruit for more than a hundred years.

The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree. He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in Yahweh’s house. They will flourish in our God’s courts. (Psalms‬ ‭92:12-13‬ ‭)

As you abide in Jesus’ love, His perfect love will cast out every fear in your heart.

When you have soul prosperity, you will begin to prosper in all things and be in health.

When you know that you are the righteousness of God in Christ, you will not want to be a sinner. You will want to reign in life.

If you think there is no hope left for your situation, fear not—you have the God of all hope.

Ephesians 3:17-20 – Be rooted in God’s love. Have a root life.

that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, to the end that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be strengthened to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and height and depth, and to know Christ’s love which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us

The ANC’s deputy secretary general, Jessie Duarte has died.Duarte was 68 years old.JOHANNESBURG – The ANC’s deputy secretary general, Jessie Duarte has died.Duarte was 68 years old.

Jessie Duarte passes away

Jessie Duarte, deputy secretary-general of the African National Congress (ANC), sings the South African National Anthem outside Luthuli House, the ANC's headquarters in Johannesburg, on May 12, 2019.
Jessie Duarte

JOHANNESBURG – The ANC’s deputy secretary general, Jessie Duarte has died.

Duarte was 68 years old.

In a statement, the ANC says Duarte died in the early hours of Sunday morning after a months-long battle with cancer.

She had been on medical leave since November last year.

The party expressed its sadness, saying her death is a great loss, not only to her family, ‘but also to the party and the country as a whole’.

The governing party has described her as a dedicated activist who strived for a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa.

Duarte is set to be buried on Sunday afternoon as per Muslim rites.

Details of her memorial service will be communicated in due course.

Breakthrough


It’s one thing to have faith for things that you can see. It’s another thing to have faith to call for things that are not as though they were. So this is a decade where you have to make those declarations, you have to stand on the prophetic promises that God has spoken over our lives, and coming into agreement and alignment with that is the foundation for the breakthrough in this season!
In John 2, it’s the first miracle they run out of the wine at the wedding of Cana. And He tells them to fill the pots to the brim, and He does the miracle and turns the water into wine. And that picture of the turning the water into wine is a picture of God taking something like water that is very ordinary and turning it into something that is so extraordinary. And when God’s hand touches our life, we become transformed from water into wine.

That’s where the breakthrough begins in our life.

God has provision for you. How many times have you said, there’s got to be more than just living and waking up every day and going to bed and doing the same old thing, collecting the same paycheck, month after month…
There are key elements to get you to that life of overflow— the first is faith, because one of the things that you see with the miracle is that the miracle doesn’t happen until everything runs out. God doesn’t show up and do the miracle until everything runs out. Because he wants to build faith. The disciples were going to need to have faith to learn to trust God for the provision.
God is saying, you’re backed into a corner because I’m getting ready to do a miracle… an overflow miracle!Take your faith and trust to a deeper level, which is what you need if you’re going to live in the overflow. It’s one thing to get the breakthrough, it’s another thing to maintain it and to live in it as a lifestyle. If you don’t take risks for God, you’ll never accomplish anything great at a life. You celebrate success and performance. But that’s not what God celebrates.

It’s one thing to have faith for things that you can see. It’s another thing to have faith to call for things that are not as though they were. So this is a decade where you have to make those declarations, you have to stand on the prophetic promises that God has spoken over your life, and coming into agreement and alignment with that is the foundation for the breakthrough in this season!

In John 2, it’s the first miracle they run out of the wine at the wedding of Cana. And He tells them to fill the pots to the brim, and He does the miracle and turns the water into wine. And that picture of the turning the water into wine is a picture of God taking something like water that is very ordinary and turning it into something that is so extraordinary. And when God’s hand touches our life, we become transformed from water into wine.

That’s where the breakthrough begins in our life.
God has provision for you. How many times have you said, there’s got to be more than just living and waking up every day and going to bed and doing the same old thing, collecting the same paycheck, week after week…

There are key elements to get us to that life of overflow— the first is faith, because one of the things that we see with the miracle is that the miracle doesn’t happen until everything runs out. God doesn’t show up and do the miracle until everything runs out. Because he wants to build faith. The disciples were going to need to have faith to learn to trust God for the provision.

God is saying, you’re backed into a corner because I’m getting ready to do a miracle… an overflow miracle! Take your faith and trust to a deeper level, which is what you need if you’re going to live in the overflow. It’s one thing to get the breakthrough, it’s another thing to maintain it and to live in it as a lifestyle. If you don’t take risks for God, you’ll never accomplish anything great at a life. We celebrate success and performance. But that’s not what God celebrates…

Sigudla’s Family in Ministry

Sigudla’s Family in Ministry
P.O. BOX 838
HARTSWATER
8570
A call of sons and daughters in the ministry.
13July 2022
Beloved in the Lord.
Greetings in Jesus name. I have been trying by all means to avoid the urge that I have in my heart and spirit to call all of you for a special service of impartation of blessings upon your lives in December the 16th 2022 at Letlhabile our home as from 12HOO NOON.
Your mother and I and your three brothers and two sisters married to your brothers, feel honoured to invite you in advance to come to this very special gathering of sons and daughter in the ministry. It has been now over 38 years since we knew each other most of you in Thulaganyo Middle School and some in other Hebron College of Education and some in other parts of the world. You have been as dear to me, through your prayers and special attachment to us as a family in many ways. We have enjoyed your love and your care, calls and appreciations that we received from most of you.
It is time just like in the Bible that when Fathers were just about to leave this world, they would call their children and impart blessings upon them, Genesis 49 and thereafter leave this world in peace. We therefore kindly invite you to come with your family for such an impartation of blessings upon your family as we rejoice with you for the extended territories God has laid upon you and upon your family for the past 38 years and to rejoice with us as we celebrate:
a) 38 years full time fruitful ministry.
b) 40 years of marriage
c) Fruitful studies that yielded some excellent academic results and Doctorate in Ministry
I hope this message reaches you in good faith and pray about it and start preparing your selves for that special day of impartation the 16th of December 2022 in Letlhabile 284 B Boikhotso Street Letlhabile 0264
Love you and will keep on loving you.



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John & Elsie Sigudla Dr.
Your dad and Mum
The family as it stand.

Mosa born in 1989

Sigudla John Rev

Siphiwe Billy born in 1985

Kenneth Sigudla born in 1983

Yvonne Sigudla Kenneth’s Wife

Kenneth & Yvonne




Matthews5:South Africa is under attack this is not a coincidence never I refuse to believe that

Is it safe to cry? Are you comfortable being sad? What about mourning? Showing grief? For many, many people in this society here, mourning and grief is something to be hidden away, even to be embarrassed about. Do you feel free to mourn? Or, is this raw emotion one to be hidden, not allowed out in public except at funerals?

Our nation was horrified to hear that after a relief of Covid-19 deaths as it seems 5o fade away slowly there are many cases of youth deaths in tarverns e.g Enyobeni,Soweto,Katlehong.
21 dead at Enyobeni
4 dead in Maritzburg
15 dead in Soweto
2 dead in Katlehong
All in Tarvern in a space of two weeks

So many mourning and grieving! This is yet another tragedy in yet close space of two weeks.

Let us look again at our Scripture reading for today. For these past weeks, in fact. Our Lord Jesus gives us the Beatitudes from a mountain in the north of Galilee to the largest of His crowds to date, near the beginning of His public ministry.

We have discussed how our Lord Jesus already had a budding reputation as a miracle worker, healing dozens and dozens of individuals from their physical diseases and afflictions. Jesus not only displayed power in casting out demons, but was gaining a reputation as a brilliant teacher. He was also quite able at dialoging with the Jewish legal scholars and other rabbis.

It’s all very nice to think about this historical person, the Rabbi Jesus, and about a historical event that happened 2000 years ago, the Sermon on the Mount. But, what does this have to do with the shooting that happened so near to us just a week ago? How do you and I wrap our heads around such evil and horror and go forward without trauma and pain and continuing sadness? Can you remember a time you cried? Did you cry on Monday, hearing about this extreme tragedy that happened only a few suburbs to the north? Yet, our Lord Jesus states Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

What a time of tragedy! And, what a time of mourning! Lord Jesus, do you hear countless people crying? Grieving? Mourning? Not only for those shot, wounded or murdered but the Covid-19 fatalities as well.
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In the first century just as today, many people were taught that crying was shameful, that grown-ups didn’t cry, that mourning and grieving showed weakness and made people too vulnerable. Do you know people who try their darnedest not to show emotion, and not to cry or mourn? Oftentimes, these are rich and powerful people who gather money and control. That way, they do their best to feel strong, unshakeable, in control of people and events

And, what does our Lord Jesus do right at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount? He speaks to people who mourn and cry and grieve, and praises them! Jesus highlights them in all their grief. One large reason Jesus does this is because God gave all humans emotions. Mourning, grief and crying show we all are alive and aware. Instead of being ashamed of crying, crying shows we are brave. Crying shows we are willing to feel pain—our own and someone else’s pain. You [and I] are not trying to block the pain around us or keep our distance from it. Tears and crying are important.

Instead of being superficial and seeking only pleasure and surface entertainment, Jesus lets us know that God honors us when we mourn. God embraces us wholeheartedly when any of us grieve. You and I do not need to block pain or pretend nothing has happened, show a stiff upper lip or keep our distance from crying, because supposedly grown-ups don’t cry. No, tears and crying are important. When a loved one cries or grieves, it is a privilege to come alongside and to mourn with them. To sit with them as they cry, especially in times of pain or difficulty. Especially when it is so hard to hold that grief, so difficult that it almost makes a person fall to pieces.

This blessing of Jesus, blessing those who mourn for they shall be comforted, shows that we connect with God. This Beatitude shows that God actively comes alongside those who are actively mourning and comforts them.

Perhaps God comforts those dear grieving ones through others. Perhaps God sends relatives, or friends, or strangers to come alongside of those who are deeply mourning, and sits with them in silence, or gets them a cup of water or coffee, or brings over a casserole or does a load of laundry. Whatever we do, whatever it takes to show God’s presence and our caring, Most important, this is a way to show we share in God’s heart, in God’s caring and love.

Jesus promised God would bring comfort and make things right for all the people listening who faced injustice, shame, trauma and poverty which caused them to cry and grieve. One way God brings comfort is through us. (Hold your hands out with palms up.) When we offer our hand or loving words—especially to someone who is sad—we are God’s comfort to that person.

What a blessing to others! And, what a blessing when each of us mourn. And to that, we can all say alleluia, amen.

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