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. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5
This morning, a sweet member of our church family passed away and was forever relieved of all her pain. The illness that had come on so quick just 3 weeks ago, moved swift. What moved quicker was the community around her, and the prayers that poured down over her, from friends and family all over the world.
When I found out late last night that she had been taken into ICU, I couldn't help but feel so overwhelmed with sadness for her husband and two daughters. While death is something we will all face, it is never easy to experience loss, or to see others experience loss.
It made me think about the importance of community, and the importance of a church family. In these last few weeks, we have come together as a church to support this family. We were not meant to be on this earth alone, and we were certainly called to be the hands and feet of Christ to those around us. That includes using your arms to embrace others, your hands to make meals, your feet to run errands and dropping to your knees in the homes of those who are sick to pray over them.
I hope that Stephen and I are able to give in any way that this family needs, and to be a small part in their healing, even if it is only through prayer over their family.
Will you be praying with us for this family? They will have many hard days ahead and that is something that is inevitable. Please pray for peace and comfort knowing their wife, mother, daughter has now been made perfect and is eternally with her Savior. A place with no sadness, illness or hurt.
She has been made new.