Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Joining the Club

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the 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

Sunday at church I talked for a bit with a friend recently joining the grieving mothers club. It's a club no one longs to be a part of. Yet, life does force it upon some people.

It was great to connect with her, to encourage her to stand strong. Not in that she needed to "be strong" but to cling tightly to the One who IS strong. Our respective spouses soon joined in and it became such a valuable conversation for all of us.

It's hard sometimes to face others' grief because it can easily trigger your own. But how awesome it was to validate her, to offer her confirmation that she's doing exactly what she should be. When she commented how emailing together and connecting the past few days had helped her, it brought to mind today's verse.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the 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

It's certainly NOT a job I asked for, connecting with those in grief. But I know how much it helped me and I'm so honored to possibly help another.

So today, would you just pause a minute and pray for my friend who lost her precious treasure just one month ago? Would you also pray for every grieving soul whose heart is broken, desperately longing for the presence of one they loved so much?

When Jesus met with Mary and Martha, he joined in their grief and wept with them. As my friend said Sunday..."he hurt because of the intensity of their pain, of the wound that death inflicts, knowing it was never supposed to be this way."  Jesus wept with his friends.  Sunday I did too...for all of us.

Thank you for praying with me this week that God's comfort would be known by those walking in grief.

And know I'll be praying for you as well- that when God gives you the opportunity to comfort someone who's struggling in places you once walked, you'll rise up and offer hope and comfort, becoming the arms of God to those in need.

1 comment:

  1. Juli, I want to commend you for your sensitivity towards another grieving mother. No one wants to join your exclusive club, but there's something about traveling that path that binds women together. I am close to a mom who lost her adult daughter years ago; I sincerely wish that someone like you had been able to walk beside her in her grief (I just couldn't connect in the way she needed). Bless you for stepping up to the assignment. I pray that both of you find peace and comfort in the arms of God. --Lee

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