"The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning…."(Ecclesiastes 7:4). Most of us would much rather go to a party than attend a funeral. We would much rather share in the celebration of a wedding or a birth than try to comfort a grieving mother. We are uncomfortable with grief. Grief hurts.
Yet, nothing unifies people more than a common loss. Nothing reminds us more of what truly matters in life—relationship--than losing someone we love, or nearly losing our own life. We are reminded to think beyond this physical life to eternity.
Whenever I hear of a suicide, I feel a pain in my own heart because I lost a family member to suicide. Death is our enemy; but God gives life. He is also the "God of all hope". I long for others to know the God of all hope so each one might value life, even this physical life. God tells us to "Choose life" (Deuteronomy 30:19-20). The big lesson, the wisdom, we can learn from mourning is to value life and to seek it.
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