What comforts one and all

Many are yearning to feel the lasting peace and joy that a sense of God’s loving ever-presence can give. When we hear of deaths and other tragedies, it is natural to want to reach out and comfort those who are suffering or experiencing loss. 

I recall a time as a young man (a preteen) when I had the desire to be of comfort but struggled to find the appropriate words. I was attending a funeral service with my parents, as a close friend of my mother’s had passed on. A line was formed in the chapel so everyone could express their condolences to the family members. I remember thinking, “What could I possibly say that would help to relieve their sorrow and pain?” I was at a total loss. Truly, a feeling that I would long remember and never wanted to have again. I turned to my mother for guidance. She instructed me to say, “Please accept my sympathies.” This I did, but I was left with an empty feeling of not having provided much comfort to those grieving.  

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