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by K. Neill Foster

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for September 26, 2017

Comfort Is a Painful Thing

Text: "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and 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" 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Some of us, particularly, find comfort hard to give. The art of comforting is not easily learned. The best comforters seem to be those who have passed through similar waters. They have perspective from the other side.

When a middle-aged Christian woman came to the Bible camp she was introduced by her friend and quickly fitted into the crowd. It wasn't long until her story began to emerge. Their family had recently been in the process of moving from one city to another. In the interim, her husband was commuting. On the very last day of commuting, he was instantly killed in a traffic accident.

She seemed to be handling the bereavement with outward calm. Then, suddenly, her friend, who had been there for her in her loss, was now widowed herself. As we said goodbye, my comment to her was something like this: "You should go --your words and presence will be a comfort to her. "

God does not keep believers from suffering --not at all. In fact, suffering has a way of "growing" us as nothing else will. Even in the midst of suffering, the ministry of comfort can begin.

-knf