Comfort and Peace
What a wonderful God we have - he is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the one who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials. And why does he do this? So that when others are troubled, needing our sympathy and encouragement, we can pass on to them this same help and comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (TLB)
If you do this you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 (TLB)
John D. Bown lives in Minnesota. Their congregation was shocked when their pastor's wife, Susan, died unexpectedly at age 55. She had been taking care of her mother out of town, so their pastor immediately left to handle matters. John was asked on Friday to lead the service on Sunday. He readily accepted, but he struggled with what he would say to their grieving congregation.
That Sunday morning, John went through his daily routine of reading The Upper Room and his Bible, then spending time in prayer. The devotion for the day was about finding peace in loss. The writer closed the devotions with a reference to Philippians 4:7 and God's promise of a peace that passes our understanding. John felt that God had arranged that devotion on that day to help him find the right message for the congregation.
During the service, John read the devotion aloud. In the days and weeks that followed, he saw their congregation respond as brothers and sisters in Christ, reaching out with love and comfort to hep their pastor and his family in their time of need.
We are going thru a difficult time right now and we need to each out to each other in love and comfort as many of us are struggling. One person can only do so much but as a team we can do anything and everything. The very least we can do is give of our time and keep each other in our prayers.
Prayer; Heavenly Father, thank you for providing comfort and peace to us during challenging times. Help us to do the same for others, in Jesus' name, amen.