2012-08-08 / Church

Today’s Meditation

Divine Comfort
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Read 2 Corinthians 1:3-7

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction.

- 2 Corinthians 1:3-(NRSV)

One evening not long ago, I was surprised to receive a text message from a teenager. The news was not good. A friend had died in a car accident. The teen’s despair and heartache were nearly palpable. I was asked to pray, and I agreed.

In the days that followed, I held this teenager and an entire community in my prayers. I received another text message 24 hours following the accident, asking for words from scripture that could offer comfort. I suggested 2 Corinthians 1:3-7. There Paul offers the church a word of comfort. He does not deny their struggles; rather, he acknowledges their suffering and pain. He reminds them that God responds to us in our persecution and affliction. Even as Paul embraces their pain, he points beyond suffering to ultimate hope.

As I considered the suffering of my young friends, I encouraged them to lean on God, who through Christ brings comfort and the strength to endure.

Benjamin Simpson

(Kansas, USA)

Thought for the Day: Lean on God, who offers us comfort in all our pain.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, help us to receive your comfort in the midst of our pain, for you have borne our burdens, extended us grace, and offered us healing through your cross. In you we have hope. Amen.

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