We Are Comforters

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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

I spent 2 days last weekend high on a mountaintop in Eastern Kentucky with  a group of other widows. While we all had different stories, different journeys in our grief, different backgrounds, and different skills, we were all members of the same “club”- widowhood.  A widows’ retreat may sound like a sad dreary occasion, but it was far from dull!  Instead it was a time of new friendships, bonding, and a newfound purpose!

During the retreat I was constantly reminded of this scripture.  As Christians we are to comfort others with the comfort we have received.  It is not necessarily an easy task. We often have to rip open old wounds in order to remember just how we felt going thorough our trials and truly respond to others.  But when we share how God has gotten us through the hard times with His guidance, His peace, and His joy, it resonates with others experiencing similar situations.  In our testimonies, we share hope and the assurance that we are not alone in our afflictions.

As we talked, shared, laughed, cried, sang, worshipped, and prayed, we were all strengthened in our own walks as we empowered others. Each one of us left that mountaintop blessed from the experience. We, each in our own way, “comforted those….with the comfort we…..have received from God”.

May we now go out into our churches, communities, state, and beyond seeking to comfort others enduring the same hardships we have encountered, sharing how God has sustained us through it all. We are blessed as we bless others!

Donna Coffey

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One Comment

  1. Shelly Johns
    Posted June 14, 2017 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Thank you, Donna, for sharing and serving. Most of all, thank you and the other widows on the team for comforting others along the journey and showing us how in the process.
    ~Shelly

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