March 13, 2018

A Comfort For All

By: Megan Calhoon [Wake Forest, NC]

When my dad was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I felt as if my world fell apart.

He had always been outgoing—making everyone laugh and pointing people to God. Now he grew more withdrawn. He quit his job and stopped talking to friends or leaving the house.

[God] 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 1:4 (NIV)

I questioned how God could let this happen. My dad didn’t deserve to be sick. My heart broke as I watched the vivacious man I’d known slowly fade away. I knew that as hard as it was for me to watch, it was much harder for him to experience. I wanted so badly to know the right things to say; yet every time I tried to talk to him, I couldn’t find the words.

But God hadn’t abandoned me or my dad. God was right there next to me, whispering words of comfort into my ear. I just needed to listen. God wanted to pour into me the spirit of comfort so that I could pour it back out onto my dad. God is the source of all comfort, the one who can carry us through world-shattering moments.

PRAYER: God, thank you for comforting us when we’re hurting and for filling us with your Spirit so that we might comfort others.


Say these words to yourself several times: God knows my brokenness, and God can handle it. Allow that truth to sink in. Ask God to make it more real to you every day so that you may live in the light of the love that sets us free.


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