Tag: Comfort

They Shall Be Comforted – Part 2

They Shall Be Comforted – Part 2

Beatitudes, Series
To unfold the rest of Jesus’ second beatitude - “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4, NASB95) - I’d like to paint you a picture.  Consider a boy in a baseball uniform. He’s returning to the dugout after his turn at bat. The bat is no longer poised and ready to strike but is being drug through the dirt in defeat. His head is down and his shoulders slumped forward. He sees nothing but that last failed swing, he hears nothing but the thud of the ball against the catcher’s mitt. Tears roll down his cheeks as he plods back to the bench, his mind frozen by the umpire’s last call. To understand the boy’s emotions we must look into his heart. For the boy’s tears are not from feelings of injustice, rejection, or the sting of personal failure. It’s not because he
They Shall Be Comforted – Part 1

They Shall Be Comforted – Part 1

Beatitudes, Series
When we began this series I had no idea that when it came time to write the article on the second beatitude - blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted - that I’d be attending a funeral. In a few hours family and friends will gather to pay their respects, share memories, and offer comfort to each other at the passing of my grandmother, Hulda Heinold. Perhaps on another day I’ll share more about Grandma Heinold, her love of Jesus, and her gentleness of spirit. Today it is better to take up the second promise of Jesus. The promise of comfort for those who mourn extends to all those who have suffered loss in their lives. The death of a loved one is the most obvious but other losses are also included. Loss of a job, loss of health, and financial disaster all create the feel
Ready For This?

Ready For This?

Encouragment, Stuck
Over the past few days I’ve heard folks lamenting, “I’m not ready for winter.”  Yep things are changing from the balmy days of summer, through the crispness of fall, and into the deep freeze of winter. Temperatures that seem to freeze the marrow in the fall will be a welcome heat wave by early spring. Certainly, much of the anxiety concerns the coming battles with cold and snow we may face. I think there is also a little stress caused by the reminder that things change and that some things, like weather, are simply out of our control. So let's keep this simple, things change. Weather, employment, the economy, price of fuel, relationships, fads of the day, and children all change. As much as we try to develop habits and traditions to anchor our world, in order to find some semblance of o
Sally and the Unexpected Visitor

Sally and the Unexpected Visitor

Short Stories
“Class,” Mrs. Braxton began, “Its coloring time. Since it is sooo hot out I thought we should color something cooler. Brandon, would you help me pass out these pages?” A red-headed boy jumps up and enthusiastically “walks” to the front of the class. Sally is excited to get a penguin to color, some kids got polar bears, sea lions, or orcas but she liked penguins most of all. While the children work on their pictures Mrs. Braxton wanders around the room that has been darkened to help keep it a bit cooler.  A fan oscillates in the corner providing a little breeze.  Earlier that morning she had opened the fire door to let in the cooler morning.  “A purple polar bear, that’s quite imaginative Alex.”   “Mrs. Braxton, I’m hot,” a dark haired girl complained. “I know dear, we’ll have a co
Book Review: Through a Season of Grief

Book Review: Through a Season of Grief

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Through a Season of Grief is edited by Bill Dunn and Kathy Leonard and includes insights from over thirty Christian professionals and pastors. It is based on the lessons used for GriefShare groups.  The book provides 365 devotional readings for those in a season of grief.  It covers the promises of God, provides comfort, and encourages understanding of the grieving process.  I have used both the GriefShare material and this book to walk with folks through their time of grief and found both resources to be very helpful. This is one of those books you cannot help but pass on.  My wife and I gave one to an older acquaintance when her husband of 50+ years passed. She has thanked us several times for the book and has purchased it for others who have also experienced loss. I heartily recommen
David Slept…

David Slept…

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“I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustains me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me round about.” (Psalm 3:5–6, NASB95) Ever have one of those nights when something said earlier in the day made sleep impossible? Perhaps it was spoken, or written in an email or on facebook, or perhaps something on the TV. Regardless of the source it can be easy to allow the voices of others drown out the peace of the Lord. Psalm three is attributed to David and inspired by the time one of his sons successfully attacked his kingdom. We all have experienced troubling times but few could match the turmoil brought by Absalom. The history behind Psalm three is recorded in 2 Samuel 15 and following. David was not oblivious to the danger or denying the