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 tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
LORD Jesus, we praise You for You are the One who is above all people, powers, and situations. Hallelujah! Forgive us, O LORD we ask, whenever we hesitate to reach out to others. We so often do not want to face death, grief, pain, and sorrows. These things make us feel weak and helpless, but they are a part of life — not only in other people’s life but in ours also. Teach us, O LORD, how to completely trust, obey, and rely on Your Word for Your Word is Comfort, Encouragement, Peace — all the things we so easily run out of. Lead us, precious Jesus, whenever we reach out to the lost and hungry souls, to give all glory to You — the One who makes things to happen. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.
I was about to pour my second cup of coffee when my friend’s message came in:
“Hi Carmen, I just want to let you know that my husband passed away yesterday morning!”
I cannot put in words how much this text has hit me on Saturday morning. It was like a knife had just been driven right into my heart. Even while I’m writing today’s devotional, I’m sitting here crying, shaking my head, and I still cannot believe this has really happened. All of this seems like a bad dream to me, and the last thing I want to do is to face reality.
My friend’s text triggered so many emotions and memories of what has happened within my own home last year (see Medication for Tough Times in Life and a few following). Then God put this on my heart: “Go, and bring comfort to her.” Like so many others before me I was afraid to go and so I questioned God, “How could I ever be of any help to her? She has just lost her husband!”
Just be there for her and share God’s Love and Goodness with her today.