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1 – Reaching out to comfort

God has comforted me during my darkest hours and struggles both real and imagined. Health, relationships, finances, and life-changing decisions to name a few. I knew He was there for me because of the promises in His Word.

My husband and I attended a company-wide holiday event and arrived early to get a good seat near the speakers’ table. That would help me read their lips because my hearing aids only helped so much. A company employee and his wife sat down across our table, and we introduced ourselves. They were from another state and had flown in for this event.

As women often do, we began to share a little about our lives. I mentioned my hearing impairment, and the lady said she was losing her hearing and didn’t know what to do next. Without thinking what to say, the Lord gave me the words to comfort her as He had done for me when I found out I was going deaf.

Since that night, this has happened to me several times and God always gave me the comforting words to encourage someone else. It wasn’t always about hearing impairment either. A couple of years passed, and I was reading Corinthians again. When I came to 2 Corinthians 1, verses 3 and 4, I became excited. I never noticed the ‘meaning’ in those words until then. I remember thinking that this is what God has been doing in my life. When He comforts us in our afflictions, part of the reason is so we will do the same for others. Thank Him for His comfort and pass it on.

Scripture: “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 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 1:3-4 NLT

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for always being my Comforter. Speak to my heart and guide me to comfort someone else who has been similarly afflicted. May my words always be divinely inspired and loving to help others. I pray today for opportunities to reach out and comfort in your holy name. Amen.

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