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God’s Comfort Makes us Comfort – Able

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He comforts us in all our troubles

so that we can comfort others. 

When they are troubled,

we will be able to give them

the same comfort God has given us.

2 Corinthians 1:4 (NLT)

 

 

 

Been There, Done That

My husband is the most amazing servant of God when it comes to comforting those in sickness and especially those in mourning. He is so gentle, kind, and consoling. Even after nearly 30 years of ministry together, I am always taken aback at how he knows just the right words to say at the right time.

Much of this is because he has been there himself. Before we met, he had a beautiful wife and family until one morning after he sent them off to school. It seemed like only a moment later when the phone rang. His family had been in a car accident.

Tragedy

His wife was killed instantly. His daughter and son were in a coma and had been flown to a trauma center.
Three days later, after his wife’s funeral, he went to the trauma center to check on his children. That was when they took him through the process to verify that his daughter also had died.

Dealing With Tragedy

After 3 weeks, his son did come out of his coma and began to recover. Michael had to tell him the devastating news about his mother and sister. Few of us can even fathom how a heart might deal with all of this emotion – all the feelings of sadness, shock, loneliness, and wondering “why” God would allow this to happen. It’s really beyond our imagination unless we have been there, done that.

There is one answer I do know.

Michael has become the best person to come alongside those who are grieving. His words always comfort, never sting. Just his presence can comfort a hurting soul.

You Are Not Alone

Your pain may be hard to bear as well. But God has not left you. He is there alongside you. You may not see any hope for the future, but God does have a plan for you. Right now, He is comforting you and one day, you will be able to comfort others who find themselves in similar situations.

I’m reminded of something Christine Caine shared. It went something like, “God will not necessarily make us comfortable in our situation, but he will make us comfort-able”. That is, able to comfort others.

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For now, we can only rest in Him.

 Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”– Matthew 11:28-30

 

 And one day in your future God will use you to comfort and help others just as He has comforted you.

Take His Yoke upon you!

signed Mandy

 

 

 

 

 

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16 thoughts on “God’s Comfort Makes us Comfort – Able

  1. A beautiful testimony of the gracious way God redeems every pain… as we yield our pain to Him. Bless you and your tender husband with a feast of JOY on your journey with Jesus.

  2. I like the thought of being comfort-able. I used that same verse from II Cor. 🙂 It was written in my Bible by my pastor who visited me after my first miscarriage years ago, because he knew my experience would enable me to comfort others going through the same thing.

    Blessings to you, Mandy! Beautiful post!

    1. It’s tough to accept this when you are going through the trials, but when we look back and see what He has done and how we are now able to understand the pain and help others, it’s amazing!

  3. What a powerful story! I can’t even imagine how painful it was fir him to lose his wife and daughter. Thanks for sharing this story. I’m in the 54 spot this week.

  4. I found this post profoundly encouraging. Thank you! I love that idea of being comfort-able. Perfect summary of those 2 Corinthians verses!

    1. Thank you, Ruth. My husband’s compassion for others is what caused me to fall in love with him. So glad that this has been an encouragement to you. Thanks for dropping by.

  5. WOW Mandy! Just wow! I cannot even imagine such devastation. And then to have the gift of being able to comfort others because he has been through the pain…

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