2 Samuel 7; 2 Corinthians 1; Ezekiel 15; Psalm 56, 57

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 have received from God.  For just as the sufferings of Christ flow  over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.
 ~2 Corinthians 1: 3-5

When I am afraid, I will trust in You
In God whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid.  What can mortal man do to me?
~Psalm 56: 3-4

For great is Your love, reaching to the heavens;
Your faithfulness reaches to the skies
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let Your glory be over all the earth!
~Psalm 57: 10-11
 

As I write these words, it is September 11, 2011; the tenth anniversary of a tragedy in this world and a devastation in the lives of so many in the United States.  I have been thinking all day of all the survivors and those who lost loved ones and pray for comfort on this anniversary.  As I think of them, I also realize that we all have had loss in our lives.

During a conversation today with a friend, I was reminded of a time of great loss in my life and how clinging to Jesus was the only way I made it through that time.  He is “the God of all comfort” and that is what bought me through a very dark time.

As I read the 2 Corinthians passage, I am also reminded that we have a responsibility as Christians; those who have been given that comfort from God, to comfort those who are in trouble, grieving, or have lost hope.  We can share our Hope with them.

When I am afraid, I will trust in You
In God whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid.  What can mortal man do to me?

For great is Your love, reaching to the heavens;
Your faithfulness reaches to the skies
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let Your glory be over all the earth!

Father, send Your comfort to those who are grieving and have lost hope.  Help me to be an instrument of Your love, comfort and hope.

kathleenathome

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