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By Sherry Simmons
Here we are, on our way into 2022. 2021 held new norms for us. It also gave us many tears. Countless people have gone on to be with the Lord. Hard and sad times are at the door of many families. It seems as though the spirit of death may be looming over this world. It is difficult for many to start this new calendar year without someone they love. It is also hard for friends and families to have words to comfort those who are hurting. What do we do, when we find no comfort, when tears rule our day? There is only one answer, only one comforter, that is our God. "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who 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 1:3-4).
God longs for us to come to Him. He patiently waits for us to call out his name. Whether it takes ten minutes or ten years, he is there watching and waiting. When we are hurting we may find it difficult to pray, we may be so consumed with sadness that we are not able. God knows, he sees every tear, he knows your pain, your sorrow, your feeling of all is lost. It is in these hopeless moments, these agonizing, gut wrenching moments, He is closer than ever. Just call out His name, muster up enough spirit to call to him. That is enough, He will take it from there. Our God knows exactly what we are feeling. Our God watched his only Begotten Son agonize on the cross. He too was filled with grief, He looked away. The temple curtains were torn in two, the earth shook and the rocks cried out. He knows, He is God. His love for us is as powerful as His might. His desire for us to come to Him is immeasurable. He is God. When it is the hardest to call on Him, is when we need it the most. When we are able to call out to Him, we are filled with comfort, peace and a stillness. When we call out to Him he throws his loving, benevolent arms around us. When we get to this place, when we've called out to Him and His comfort starts flowing into our hearts, we are on to the next phase. It is through His comfort and grace we begin to heal and through this healing we are now equipped to help others. There is comfort in healing and healing in comfort. We are able to embrace our loss, clutch tightly to his comfort and we are able to comfort others. There is peace to be found by comforting others, through our own grief. Again, comfort is healing and healing is comfort. May you be encouraged to receive the comfort from the Father, use it to glorify Him, use it to help others. Making a beautiful transformation from grieving to giving. There too, you will find even more comfort. The Father knows our human nature, he knows the frailty of our emotions. He knows all it takes for you to begin to heal is to call out to Him. There He is waiting with His loving arms wide open.
Just call out his name, muster up enough spirit to call to him. That is enough, he will take it from there.
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