Learning from God's Word through everyday experiences
Saturday, February 4, 2017
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 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.For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ." II Corinthians 1: 3-5
January was a very gloomy month. A weather reporter on a local radio station even stated that this past January had a record number of cloudy days. Since it also is the anniversary month of my husband's passing...that added to the gloominess I am sure. During times like that, I have found that it is best to embrace the grief, to not try and run from it, but to allow the feelings to run their course and to seek God's comfort through it all. Just for the record, embracing something and wallowing in it are 2 very different things. To embrace it means to recognize it and walk it through; wallowing is to let it simmer continuously. Getting THROUGH is the key and with the Lord's faithful help, I did.
What also help's is an understanding friend. In my case, it is a precious woman that is a widow as well. She understands because a couple of years ago she walked the same journey as I did 15 years ago. We encourage one another. We have found how to comfort each other the way we have been comforted by God. The weekend of the actual day of my husband's passing, there was an early morning knock on the door and outside stood a delivery man with the most beautiful bouquet of flowers! My friend remembered the date and sent a lovely bouquet with a note that simply said that she understands. It was such a comfort to read those words and to know that in this world that would take little notice of my grief that day, someone remembered...and cared enough to send flowers. How has God comforted you? We must reach out to others in their time of need to let them know that we understand and share the blessing of our comfort in ways that have been a comfort to us from our Father God.