One of the most comforting words spoken to me, was when I confided in a brother that I was very depressed. His response was, “Yes, there’s a lot to be depressed about”. Not your typical Christian pat answer, not one your average “Christian Counselor” is likely to say, is it? However, it ministered to me tremendously because he didn’t attempt to merely comfort me by slapping on a glossy coat of verbal lacquer, but rather he entered into my pain with me, by seeing and agreeing with my current perspective of the difficulty that walking in a fallen world provides. I’m so glad he had the depth of insight not to sprinkle me with platitudes such as, “Things could be worse”, “Remember Romans 8:28” or “Oh well, think of the starving kids in Africa” etc. Not that those responses aren’t valid or do not have a time & place, but they do not place the comforter in the seat of affliction with the troubled soul. The Comforter formerly known as Saul O’Tarsus, understood and wanted The Saints at Corinth and by extension, The Saints at Leonardo, to understand the pain with purpose principal! That being, “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.” So, in our Abba’s economy nothing goes to waste; Even our trials and tribulations whereby we receive comfort are in turn used for us to bring comfort to one another. Let the dead separate the plastic and glass, this is the kind of recycling I want to do! What a beautiful plan He has for us. What a beautiful picture He provides for us. As Jesus paid the greatest price and was crucified to provide redemption to a fallen world, we His beloved can provide His comfort to the troubled soul if we have paid the lesser price of enduring tribulation. As we routinely meet to celebrate the ultimate comforter who not only placed Himself in the seat of affliction with us, but took the seat in our stead, may we be so filled with His compassion, that we routinely meet and comfort one another in each our personal afflictions.
Eyes & Ears, Dear Brothers & Sisters,