Comfort for the Weary

I don’t know if there’s something particularly out of the ordinary about the last two months, but it sure seems like there has been a drastic increase in the number of people in my world who are hurting, sad, confused, or just plain overwhelmed.

*two people I know have attempted suicide (one of them has attempted multiple times)

*a young man I know was just arrested for selling drugs and is now on his way to prison for a
few years

*four students I know are wrestling with their belief in God, and are frustrated and confused

*a student I know lost a classmate to a freak accident on campus, and another classmate was
severely injured in the accident

*a man I know has been struggling to find work to support his family. At the same time, he has
been battling some major health issues, some possibly life-threatening

*a couple I know is going through a bitter divorce

*several marriages I know of are on the rocks

*a gentleman in the neighborhood is slowly killing himself through severe alcoholism

A strong dose of comfort seems to be in order for a lot of us. I have very little to offer from my own satchel of compassion to these hurting people. The one thing potent enough to truly heal a hurting heart is the comfort only God can give.

“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~

Thanks, Lord, for providing Your care and comfort to us in this dark, oft-discouraging world. Amen.

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