Daily Devotional January 11th
“God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us.” (2 Corinthians 1:3b-7)
Today, I pray that you will experience God’s comfort…no matter who you are…no matter what you’re facing. ‘Comfort’ can be allusive, but is desperately needed during these long drawn-out days of trying to overcome a global pandemic. Without it we are increasingly fragile; all of us. How do I mean?
The toll of the pandemic must be counted not only in coronavirus infections and deaths, but in the many forms that our losses are adding up. It is unlikely that we will ever know the full extent of broken relationships, economic failure, anxiety and loneliness that is now plaguing our globe as various means are taken to stem this virus. A news story from this weekend has reminded me of some of the regrettable ripple effects the coronavirus is having...the insidious undercurrents that often are invisible until it’s too late. A 35-year-old doctor, Karine Dion, who had a decade of medical practice to her credit…a husband and young son…committed suicide. Though she took her own life, she is no less a victim of the pandemic. Her death has come as a shock for many. An apparently strong individual, proved to be more fragile than many would have guessed. She was in desperate need of comfort and the hope that it brings.
Truth be told, we are all fragile. We all have our breaking points. We all need an injection of ‘comfort.’ Which is why it is so important at this time to be diligent in our support of one another. Even though we are being encouraged to socially distance, this does not mean that we need to isolate—we need one another! We should be expending efforts on spreading comfort, yet our news is full of conflict. Now more than ever we need to check our demands based on self-entitlement, hold our criticism, bite our tongues if necessary. This is a time in our history when we should be actively looking for new and creative ways to encourage one another, to stay in touch, to find someone to talk with and/or to provide a listening ear. We should be actively providing comfort to others…the kind of comfort God gives to us.
People are struggling—you and me, too—and we must resist the natural temptation to look out for only ourselves. As we seek to help others, it is likely that we will be surprised by the support we too receive. We were made for community. Struggles in life are normal…trying to tackle them all on our own does not demonstrate strength, but leaves us vulnerable. Together, with God’s help, we will find the strength we need! Today, remember to spread His comfort and pray that you experience the same!
~ Pastor Jane
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!