Today is Micaiah’s 2 month birthday. I love him and I miss him. We are now 2 months closer to seeing our son again. Oh what a joy that is.
2 Corinthians 1:3-7
“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 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 as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.”
I love the confidence Paul has. He knows that his hope is unshaken…when we suffer we will be comforted. God comforts us in our afflictions and also uses us to comfort others in ANY affliction. We don’t have to experience the exact same suffering as others to comfort them. If we have suffered at all and have experienced God’s comfort, then we are able to comfort others.
God has comforted us in this time of suffering. He has comforted us through text messages, emails and facebook messages. He has comforted us through the Kampmans and the Miles (people who have walked through this same road as us). He has comforted us through each other, through His word, through music, through prayer. He comforted us on the day Micaiah was born and throughout that week until his service. He comforted us as we buried our son. He has comforted us through hugs. He has comforted us through counseling and through doctors and nurses. He has comforted us through others sharing their losses. He has comforted us through other children. He has comforted us through community. We have been comforted through rest, through nature and through the generosity of others. I’m so thankful for His comfort and know that it will continue to be poured out on us as we walk through the days ahead.
We as His children have a sure hope. I love knowing that I have a sure hope. It is unshaken. It is a solid foundation in times of suffering. I’m so thankful for a Father who comforts us, for a God who knows what it is like to suffer because He Himself suffered. I’m so thankful for my faithful Savior who walks with me through suffering and who comforts me. And I’m thankful that one day there will be no need for anymore comforting. Looking forward and longing for that day when there will be no more suffering and when He will wipe away all our tears.