I am immeasurably grateful for the comfort God provides. Two months ago my sister-in-law died quickly and unexpectedly, leaving my brother alone in a city where he knew virtually no one – other than his dog. A great many things have transpired in this short amount of time. My brother has become acquainted with his neighbors and those in the church across the street. He has gone through almost all the phases of grief, and will continue to do so; and he is finding out a lot about himself and the God he serves.
Because my brother processes life through verbalization, he has been vocal about his situation and how the lack of family nearby is heartache for him. While phone calls, texting, cards and letters all help, there is a great contribution happening behind the scenes. Our family and friends have God’s promises to pray for my brother such as; “When I am filled with cares, your comfort brings me joy” – Psalm 94:19. We can also thank God for restoring to my brother greater honor and comfort once again, and when doubts fill his mind, God’s comfort will bring renewed hope and cheer” – Psalm 71:21, and Psalm 94:19.
While we are never alone no matter how it feels, and while we can usually pray for ourselves, how much better is it when we know that there are those who are willing to pray for us when we do not know the words to utter; and that there is a loving, all-knowing and omnipresent God who “will never leave us or forsake us.” Take heart dear one, He knows what we have need of even when we don’t know how to articulate that need. He is all-sufficient and will supply ALL our needs according to his standards – Philippians 4:19.
From someone who is learning how to count it all joy.