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We hear and read about people experiencing loss from an unexpected death of a loved one, becoming homeless after devastating storms, or like the teens in North Carolina who survived horrific shark attacks, and are now learning to cope with fewer limbs.
How should we handle similarly difficult circumstances? And what can we offer people who are going through unimaginable sufferings?
Most of us can agree that we need God and we need each other. But how can we be ready to incorporate that truth at the moment it’s needed?
If I don’t find my strength and comfort from God when I face a crisis, then I am unable to endure it, and I’m far less able to comfort anyone else who is going through a difficult time.
Consequently, I am meditating on (with the intent to memorize) this week’s verse:
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
What would happen if we made the choice to get to know God on a deeper, more personal level? Where we actually knew Him as our Father? As a loving, compassionate, comforting and encouraging Father?
When you’re lonely, hurting or discouraged, go to your Father. Spend as much time with Him as needed (as often as necessary) allowing Him to comfort you as only He can.
Then praise God for His goodness – and ask Him to help you share that same goodness with others who need it, too.
By doing so, our (and others’) lives will be changed again, but in magnificent ways.
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