This morning as I logged into Facebook, I read several things which game me pause — the death of a young child, the pending death of a parent, surgery of a friend, sickness of friends, cancer treatments of family and friends, and other losses.
Tears came to my eyes and I said this prayer, “Lord, please give comfort to this family as only you can, please stretch out your healing hand to those who are sick, help us be a comfort to one another and help as needed, and please watch over us. Amen.”
The child, Patrick, passed away on Saturday. He wasn’t quite a year old and had been sick with congenital heart disease. His mother has been writing a blog about his illness, which is very touching. I didn’t know them very well but this boy’s aunt is a friend of mine from high school. I also knew her brother, Patrick’s dad.
Another friend has been called in by hospice for her father. He has been ill and now the family is gathering with him. It will be time for them to say goodbye. So hard to lose a parent, no matter how old we are.
Also a dear friend is having another surgery this morning. She has already had several and hopes this will be the last one and that comfort will be coming soon. Other friends are sick and having issues, and some are in the midst of chemo treatments.
So much loss, so much heartache, so many tears, and so much pain. Yet there is hope and comfort. Comfort in hugs, comfort in knowing our loved ones will see us through the pain, comfort in prayers, comfort in our faith, comfort in our memories, and comfort in time.
There is an expression that time heals all wounds. I am not sure if it heals them or if we figure out a way to deal with them as time goes on. Perhaps it is a combination of both.
Here are a few verses of scripture that are especially poignant this morning:
- Ecclesiastes 3:4 — a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.
- Psalm 30:5 — Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
- Matthew 5:4 — Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
- Philippians 4:7 — And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
- Psalm 23:4 — Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
May God be with you at the beginning of this new week. If you are in pain or are suffering loss, may you find comfort.