A season of sadness seems to be rolling through our church family. It happens every second of every day somewhere in the world, but it seems to have gathered and taken a toll on our little community of believers right here at Touchstone. Death. Crisis. Illness. Loss. I am incredibly grateful for my church family and the prayers of the saints. I am not sure how people do life without God and the support of the people He sends to us.
“My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word” (Psalm 119:28). May we bathe our minds in His word. Let us feed our strength, and not our fears.
“Be devoted to one another in love… Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Romans 12:10,12). Let us continue to pray for each other and encourage one another. This powerful act of love can be done by anyone, anywhere, at any time, and can do an amazing wonder.
“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 receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). Your time of pain and heartbreak will not go unnoticed. He sees each tear. He hears our cries. Let Him in to comfort you and then let Him use your heartbreak to minister to another.
We are a body of believers, who make up a “family” with God as our Father. Let us draw close to Him and to each other during these hard times. Every family member is important and has purpose. You may be that quiet little family member that barely knows anyone, but your prayers and heart are of great value. Don’t underestimate the power of God’s family. Go forth and love each other.
This was so timely for me today Patty…and there have been so many prayer requests where our church family is dealing with heavy burdens and sorrows…I need to remember the power of prayer..
Thank you Patty. That was so encouraging.
Wow Patty ! Talk about being “dialed into” the Holy Spirit. Very true and so very encouraging. Being able to pray for one another is wonderful. Thank you !
Thanks Patty. We’ve attended 3 funerals in 3 weeks, with 2 more coming soon. Certainly a season of sadness. Your words will be very comforting for many who will read them, including us. May God’s glory shine through this difficult time, and may lost souls be brought into His kingdom as they recognize His truth and grace in their midst. Thank you sister!
Thank you for this today. This was beautifully stated. I will continue to pray for our wonderful family of believers.