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Verses 3-4: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulations, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

A recent story on national news described the goal of a 7-year-old named Zohaib Begg in Virginia. Seems the young child grew to respect and to love nurses and doctors when he spent some years in the hospital when he was younger. So when the coronavirus pandemic hit and Zohaib saw all the needs of the medical community, he made it his goal to supply them with shower caps, gloves, and masks that he collected from hotels. The young man actually marshalled the resources of hotels and such to send more than 6,000 caps, masks, and gloves to hospitals. You can read the full story here at https://abcnews.go.com/US/year-donates-6000-masks-gloves-caps-hotels-hospital/story?id=69948357 .

Zohaib was comforted by nurses and doctors, and then later passed on that comfort and aid to other nurses and doctors. Paul here is reminding the Corinthian church that God is to be praised for being the “God of all comfort” in their lives. Part of that blessing is to pass on comfort in His Name to others in trouble. Especially during such stressful times, take a moment and see how God would want you to comfort somebody. It may not be a monumental effort like this young boy did; it may be to help one person instead. But to paraphrase what Jesus stated in Matthew 25 “if you have done unto the least of my brethren, you have done it unto me.”

Something to think about.

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verses 4-5: “who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Chirst.”

Comfort. Comfort foods, comfort zone, Comfort Inn (though I have never stayed in one yet), just the word comfort itself brings up feelings of security, of peace, of…comfort.

Nobody likes to go through trying times and trials, but when we do, we like to be comforted, to be made to feel better. I remember one episode of depression I went through, where I was thankful for the comfort and counsel of my Lord, my wife, my pastor, and my father. It is in those very trying times and the comfort that we are given, that we are blessed with the empathy and understanding to comfort others down the road who may be going through the same thing. I have a friend who went through a difficult time like I did, although I do not know the details of her depression. Hearing that she suffered in a similar way was comforting and inspiring to me.

We will, at times, ask God, “why me?” God has a purpose, though it may not be revealed immediately. Take comfort in that thought today.

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