As most of you know, today marks a week since my sister-in-law Holly passed away.   If you have ever had anyone close to you pass away, I’m sure you know the hurt that the entire family is going through.  Still, I have to say, it’s amazing how God works.  I knew I wanted to write something today about this but just didn’t quite have the right scripture in mind.  As  I get to work this morning, I looked on facebook and one of my friends had posted a link to a blog written author and pastor Max Lucado.  In this blog, he references 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 “3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”  That passage really hit me this morning.

In my message at the funeral, I spoke on how God works through people to comfort.  I think we know that God has the ability to comfort us in our times of troubles, but sometimes we forget about how he works through others.  It is my belief that he has blessed some people with this gift as well.  Sometimes life stinks.  Sometimes we hurt and we just need to feel that way for awhile.  I get that.  But the God who created everything, the sun, the moon, the stars, the grass, even the air we breathe, wants to commune with us and hold us in his arms and comfort us.  How awesome is that?  And sometimes He wants to use your friends and family to share in your grief so that you don’t have to carry that burden alone.  If you’re struggling with something and need comfort, look to your Creator.  Then look around you.  I’m sure you’ll find someone who cares enough to share in your hurt and pain with you.
Yours in Health,

James Ashley, DC

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