Read 2 Corinthians 1: 3-11
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord rescues them from them all. Psalm 34; 17-19 (NRSV)
Molly Johnson is from North Carolina. "I have difficult news for you,: said the doctor. "You have cancer." Shock and fear washed over Molly. Then came heartbreak and tears. Thus began the endless rounds of scans, medical appointments, and chemotherapy treatments. Battling cancer has been the toughest journey of Molly's life. But God has held her firmly as they walk along this rocky path together, and along the way Molly has experienced God's peace and healing.
One day, as Molly was sitting in the cancer center's packed waiting room, she took a moment to study the faces of those around her. She saw fear, worry, and discouragement. She knew how they were feeling because she felt it too.
She heard God's clear call to comfort these fellow suffering souls. So Molly became a volunteer driver with an organization that coordinates free transportation for cancer patients to life-saving treatments and medical appointments. As Molly rides along with her new friends, they might discuss their latest treatment or procedure. Or they might just chat about a favorite restaurant or the weather. And sometimes they say nothing at all because there are no words. But most importantly, Molly has many opportunities to show God's compassion and to share Jesus' message of love and hope in ways she could never have imagined.
In what ways can you find opportunities to share God's compassion and Jesus's message of love that you might never have imagined before? Do you know someone who is hurting? Maybe nothing more than a word of encouragement or time to listen may be needed.
Prayer: Loving God, keep us aware of those around us who are hurting. Help us comfort them as you have comforted us, in Jesus' name, amen.