AM Psalm 51:1-18(19-20); PM Psalm 69:1-23
Lamentations 1:1-2,6-12; 2 Corinthians 1:1-7; Mark 11:12-25
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God.
- 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
In my short life, I have been beaten down, abused, and violated. These atrocities left me broken and scattered, attacked again and again from within and without. The compassion and consoling nature of others have put the pieces of a broken soul back together into the person I am now.
Many others are not as graced as I have been, to have been shown compassion and given comfort in their tribulations. To rebuild the Kingdom of God, we must show compassion to all, comfort those in need, and console the broken souls as they heal. In their healing they shall see that you were not their only comforter; you also made God’s presence felt in those dark hours. You need not say a word to give the greatest comfort, only be present and in the moment.
We must remember that this is the God that our world needs to see, one of compassion and comfort, a God who will console us in our times of trial. If we truly are the children of God, should we not be the consolers of the people—the comfort givers? In showing these qualities to others, you shall also receive the same. For when we need consoling and compassion, will you not only hope to receive it from God, but from those around you? Who can you share the compassion and comfort of God with today?
- Sirie Neal