Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Make Time--for comforting

"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

Do not believe that he who seeks to comfort you lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. His life has much difficulty. . .Were it otherwise he would never have been able to find those words. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

What draws us together in tragic circumstances such as 9/11? The need to be comforted. While some experienced a deeper loss, all of us experienced at the very least a loss of the sense of security. Never again will we feel inpenetrable as a country.

The goodness in 9/11 was the strength that people derived from each other by pulling together, by lending a helping hand, by wiping another's tears, by offering hope. Much of our country, our world, sought refuge in prayer. They turned to the Great Comforter. From Him they gained the courage to comfort another.

Be filled with His comfort and then, offer comfort where it is needed.

©2006 Karen Robbins

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