By Joyce Olesen
Dec 12, 2017

#LightTheWorld Day 12

“BLESSED ARE THEY THAT MOURN.”  

Recently, I had a dear friend whose Dad had passed on.  I spoke with him about the eternal family, but I realize I did not think of his sorrow and mourn with him.  I knew of his large family and thought they would console him.   That does not excuse my behavior.  That’s what real friends are about; to be compassionate to those who mourn. 

A while ago I wrote a BSA article for the Voice of Scouting.org about what Scouts can do when a fellow Scout dies in an accident.  Scouting is like a brotherhood.  Mourn with their troops and their packs.  Send letters to show you care. Be blessed, even if you not did know them.

Author: Joyce Olesen | is a grandmother, mother, and daughter of Scouters. She loves kids, camping, country music and sports cars. Her Dad was a Scout leader in Chicago in the early 1920’s and having only daughters did not bolster his Scouting hopes. As his “Scout” she was tying regulation knots by the time she was 7.

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