This week marks an anniversary that I would rather not have to endure. Monday October 8, 2018 is the first anniversary of my father’s death. So much has happened in these short 12 months. And it feels somehow simultaneously like forever ago and only yesterday that I last spoke with him or saw him.
Sometimes when I remember that he is now at home with Jesus I feel a palpable heaviness in my chest and my breathing becomes labored. But most of the time I manage a little smile and remember something he said or a time when we were together and laughing. What a blessing God has given us in our memories.
We can find comfort not only in the past but in the knowledge that our future is secure. We have the promise of God Himself that we will spend eternity with Him. Scripture is full of this hope and comfort.
Paul writes in the opening verses of 1 Corinthians that God is the Father of all comfort and comforts us in all of our affliction. Not only that, but we are to comfort one another with the same comfort God gives us.
God’s lovingkindnesses and compassions never fail, “they are new every morning,” and in this we find hope. Even when we find ourselves grieving for loved ones who have gone on before us we can have hope, for we know that “we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”
This week during Midday Prayer Time, around 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM, I’ll be sharing passages about hope and comfort.
Mon 10/08 2 Corinthians 1:3 – 4
Tue 10/09 2 Corinthians 1:5
Wed 10/10 2 Corinthians 1:6 – 7
Thu 10/11 Lamentations 3:21 – 24
Fri 10/12 1 Thessalonians 4:13 – 18
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