Heal Yourself?

Jane Douglass White

READ : 2 Corinthians 1:3-7

Muriel’s beloved husband of over 20 years lost his battle with cancer. She was left alone grieving. No one could break through her wall of pain to help her. For months she retreated into her shell of anguish.

Then her brother talked her into accepting a receptionist’s position in a doctor’s office. Muriel began to reach out to people who were ill, to families of cancer patients who hurt as she had been hurting. She had been through their pain and understood. As she helped these hurting people, her grief began to ease.

Paul tells us that God “comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God” (v. 3b, niv). We need the faith to look beyond our pain to see others who may be hurting more than we. When we selfishly concentrate on ourselves, we only magnify the suffering. But when we give of ourselves, God can fill our hearts with comfort and hope for our own lives.

Then Paul tells his friends how he is comforted by their concern for him. This is a “win-win” situation. When we relieve our sorrow by giving aid to others, both we and they are comforted. And Jesus is magnified.

PRAYER

Thank you, dear heavenly Father, for your caring love. May I pass it on to those who need your comfort. Amen.