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 Now he grew more withdrawn.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.