It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, because that is the end of every man, and the living takes it to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, for when a face is sad a heart may be happy. ————-Ecclesiastes 7:2-3
Mirth or mourning?
The King James version uses the word “mirth” instead of “feasting.” The holiday season is known as the season of mirth. Mirth means laughter, excitement and amusement. It is hard to conceal our joy during this time. You are considered to be a Grinch if you do not share in this excitement. When this season ends, immediately, we miss the laughter and enjoyments.
When tragedy strikes we especially want the time of feasting to return. Yet, Solomon wrote that this time in the “house of mourning” is a learning time. Saying goodbye to someone we love is not something we anticipate, but an important part of grieving. God has other things in store for us, and we must embrace them without our departed loved ones.
Today, no one mourns at the preaching of the gospel. We want the warm, happy stories. We treasure feeling good above feeling bad. Solomon and Jesus advise differently.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Which house are you in today?
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