Jesus Came to Comfort Those Who Mourn

Posted by Phil Altmeyer, Executive Director Jan 2, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Editor's note: This is the fourth post in a special Christmas devotional series, focusing on Isaiah 61:1-3. You may also want to read the introduction, "A Front Row Seat to Holiness;" part 1, "What's the 'G' in UGM?"; part 2, "Recovery: a Story of Brokenness and Healing;" and part 3, "Jesus Came to Proclaim Freedom for the Captives."

And provide for those who grieve

By Phil Altmeyer, UGM Executive Director

“To comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion – to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning.” Isaiah 61:2-3

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Mourning and Comfort

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Apr 9, 2013 10:28:00 AM

One of the men in UGM's Recovery program wrote the following about what he mourns: “I mourn for the fact that my children have not had the father they need or deserve. I mourn for the childhood I could have had if not for the violence, addiction and fear. I mourn for every person I have ever taken advantage of and pray for them regularly.I mourn the fact that every decision I made for 36 years was made out of fear. Most importantly, I mourn the fact that for my whole life I turned my back on God.  I take comfort knowing God is the Father I always wanted and never had. He’s been there waiting.”

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