He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.
When they are troubled,
we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
2 Corinthians 2:4 NLT
In April of 2008 our wee granddaughter was born. Her name was Hannah Shiloh...and it suited her just right. We cradled her briefly...admired her dark curls and soft skin...and then we said our farewells. She was our visitor from heaven...and stayed only a short while. But our lives were touched forever.
The pain and the grief are indescribable at a time like that. But the God who created us sees the big picture. He does not leave us alone in our struggles. He brings comfort in so many ways. I can testify to that.
At the time of Hannah's passing we were given a little tree to plant in her memory. It's a beautiful pink magnolia tree...and it chooses to bloom on her birthday each year. Though I am sad when the date comes and goes...and I pause to think of the granddaughter that is missing from our little clan...the flowers make me smile. They are God's reminder that she is in His loving arms!
2 Corinthians 1:4 reminds me again of how God provides strength...surrounds us with friends and brings us through our difficult times. And because of that...I can walk alongside others who are going through similar trials and offer empathy. God is our comfort and we are His hands and feet in comforting others.
God comforts us not to make us comfortable but to make us comforters.