Need comfort? This one's for you.
Grab a cup of tea, pull up a seat, and join me in my bedroom as I get personal and share some difficulties my husband and I have been going through, as he's sick with an incurable disease.
Faced with this ongoing challenge, I've put my head down and gotten on with life without giving myself a chance to breathe.
I think so often when we are faced with difficult circumstances - whether it be health challenges, or financial stress, or any number of issues - we get so good at just going through the motions.
We peddle our legs so fast just to keep our heads above water and get on with life but all the while we're kind of... sinking.
But sometimes we have to have a moment where we cry out to God and let the tears flow.
This is something I've had to allow myself to do recently.
Here's the thing I need to remember: It's OK to cry. It's OK to be sad. It's OK to be disappointed and frustrated.
If this is you right now, too, I want to gently remind you that God hears your cries, and the Holy Spirit is your Comforter.
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. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.
- 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
God is the Father of compassion - he is the God of all comfort who comforts us in our troubles.
But God doesn't just comfort us for our own sake, he comforts us so that we can comfort those in any trouble. Wow!
What an important reminder for us to not only remember the comfort God has for us but to be actively on the look out for those around us who may need comfort.
While we may not know exactly what people are going through, let's ask ourselves:
How can you and I be more attentive to people?
How can I be more caring?
How can I be more loving?
How can I show extra love, above and beyond to the people I encounter every single day.
It's easy to dismiss people, but let's ask the Holy Spirit to open our spiritual eyes to really see people and to be able to comfort them with the comfort that we have received.
Will you join me?
It would mean a lot to me if you could leave a comment and let me know what you think.
Share any experiences you’re going through or anything you’d like prayer for - I’d love to pray for you.