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Mourning together about a beloved friend

“She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept.” (Mark 16:10)

When Jesus was being crucified, many of his followers were looking on from a distance. When He had died, they got permission to bury his body in a tomb. This seemed the last thing they could do for their beloved Lord and Friend.

Then the Sabbath began, which was a special day of rest for the Jews. The Bible tells us that Jesus’ disciples were gathered to mourn and weep. There was nothing they could do, and their ‘career’ as a follower of Jesus seemed to have ended abruptly. But they did not simply return to their homes. They stayed together. They were frightened and grieved by the events around Jesus’ crucifixion, and it may have been comforting to share their emotions with others who were in the same situation. After all, “shared sorrow is halved”, as a common saying has it.

If we are in a situation of loss and grief, it can be so helpful to have friends around us who mourn with us. God even
commands us to “weep with those who weep.” (Romans 12:15)

Have you ever been in a situation where you were weeping together with your friends? Did it comfort you to share your
grief with them?

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Grietje Commelin

Grietje studied theology and mastered in Bible Translation. Next to being a mother, she supports GlobalRize by writing bible reflections and other content for GlobalRize.

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