“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 receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Good Morning Friend,
As I sit down to write this morning, I begin to reminisce about times when life was difficult and painful—issues with my children or husband, broken friendships, work complaints, or my own rocky spiritual path—and I wonder, “Why did I share that?” Why did I share that on occasion, I drive all the way to Sarasota for a piece of scrumptious coconut cream pie? Why did I share that when I was younger I battled fear and depression? Why did I tell you that sometimes God seems quite distant while at other times His voice whispers comfort and/or direction?
I share because I trust that God will use my stories to help you. Sometimes, it is just not enough to say, “I know how you feel,” and then drop the ball and end the conversation. Am I afraid to share? Truthfully, sometimes! But part of the human condition is pain, failure, and fear, and if you are in a not-so-great place this morning, you are not alone. Not one of us journeys through this life on sunny pathways. Even David walked through valleys of deepest darkness. And he shared with us in the 23rd Psalm, “I shall not fear, for Thou art with me” (vs. 4). Friends, if you are troubled and feeling alone, God is with you. And I promise you that another has walked that same path and made it to the light. Be brave and reach out for help from your Christian friends who will tenderly share love and compassion. Help is on the way. Linda