READINGOld Testament: Lamentations 1:1-2,6-12
Psalms: Psalms 51:1-18 (19-20), 69:1-23
New Testament: 2 Corinthians 1:1-7
Gospel: Mark 11:12-25
Evening Psalms: 69:1-23
DEVOTIONAL“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Cor 4:16-18)
Sometimes God places us in each other’s lives for a few hours, a few minutes, a special moment in time to honor a life as one of a kind. I was privileged to have been with my special friend in the end, to whisper in her ear, “I love you. I am here. I am here.” Those were the words I said to my good friend, Patty, this past October, right before she died.
Although it was extremely sad to lose my dear friend, I was encouraged by reading 2 Corinthians 3-5. Paul writes about our comfort and suffering overflowing. In that hospital room, Patty was suffering; she was in pain, and all those around her were suffering in knowing that we were losing her. Even in suffering, I felt comforted knowing that God was with us. God was with me as I tried to comfort my friend, holding her hand, letting her know she was not alone. I knew I was experiencing something sacred. I was supposed to be there. God was in control. This was all God’s timing.
Thank you God for comforting me in my times of need so I can draw on Your strength to guide me when called to comfort others.
“Patty I will keep you in my thoughts and in my heart till my time comes to be with you again, so my life with you really never ends, as it will never end”.
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 have received from God. Amen.