2 Corinthians 1:3-4
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.
Thought for the Day: God gives comfort to those in need
“They are testing him for pneumonia” was the text I received as my husband took my youngest to the doctor for a cough he had developed. I was at work and my heart sank as I read those words. Throughout the day, I taught my students but jumped when I heard a text come in. Each time, I finished whatever lesson I was on and then made my way to my phone. “Little guy does have pneumonia” came through in the early afternoon along with a picture of my baby. Tears developed in my eyes early on in the morning and although I did not cry, I knew it could happen at any moment. My baby was sick and I could not get to him. I knew without a doubt that my precious husband was taking care of him, but I wasn’t there. By the time I stayed late at school to prepare for a substitute teacher for the next day, I was emotionally spent because all I wanted to do was to hold my sweet boy. When I finally walked in, I sat on the couch and he came over to me and immediately cuddled against my arm. He was feeling better and medicine was already beginning to work. Our time was special and all of the fear of the day subsided for me as I heard him laugh and for him as he knew I was near.
As I awoke in the early morning hour, I felt my son and he felt warm. I jumped up to give him fever medicine and to give him a breathing treatment. As I moved around, he quickly responded “Mama, don’t go anywhere.” I explained I was only going to get his medicine from the kitchen nearby and I would be right back. He wanted me near and he didn’t want me to go away. Today I reflect on the last 24 hours and the love shown by my husband, my son, and me during this time of fear. When we are scared and sick, all we want is to be near those who love us because we know they will give us comfort. When we are fearful and cannot get to a loved one who is ill because of circumstances, all we want is to run to them to give them the comfort they need. In our life with God, it is very similar. When I am fearful, all I want is to be in the arms of God knowing He is holding me near. I also know that God waits for me to call Him when I am in need where He can give me comfort.
Prayer: God, thank you for being there for us whenever we are in need. I know it is hard on You during those times when You await our call but we are hesitant. Be with those who are in need of Your comfort today, and help us to show comfort to those around us. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Those with sick children