Comfort One Another

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction
with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
For just as the sufferings of Christ are our in abundance,
so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5

God does bring comfort if we look to Him in our times of trouble. Something that really helps me is to visualize myself with the Father either sitting at His feet, bowing before His throne, or curled up in His lap. As I see myself there, I begin to share my heart with God, and He comforts me. Other times His comfort comes through others – a hug, a word, a presence, a card. We are to receive comfort from God and then turn it to comfort others. Are you a receiver of comfort from God and a giver of comfort to others? Be an encourager. Even if you have not experienced the same situation, you have probably gone through something that enables you to relate to someone else’s pain. If not, a quiet presence is comforting.

When we miscarried between Nathan and Aaron, I left the doctor’s office and arrived home to our apartment complex where I saw my midwife’s car at a friend’s house who was expecting. I slipped in and just watched for a while. Later, the midwife handed me this brand new baby. I sat in my friend’s living room, rocked her baby, and wept. This was such a comfort to me after losing my own sweet cherub. Later another friend sent me roses acknowledging our loss. This also encouraged my heart. I knew that others understood.

Since that time, God has led me to bake a cake for a friend who miscarried, lead a service for those whose babies are in the arms of Jesus, and just be there for daughters-in-laws as they also wept over dreams that they would not hold until they are in heaven.

God is the Great Comforter. May you find your comfort in Him this day.

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