A friend, married in recent weeks, learned of the sudden death of his new mother-in-law and traveled far to attend the funeral and comfort the family. While there, his new family heard the news that his stepson had taken his life at the opposite end of the country.
As he relayed this news to me, struck with grief, I began to weep for my friend and for his family and he began to comfort me.
He began to comfort me.
He reminded me of the comfort of the Lord; he reminded me that we have the strength of the Lord to endure the trials and tribulations of this world. He praised God that he knew Him and that He knew him.
I grieve for my friend and for his family. I rejoice for my friend and for his family that may know our Lord as well. I take comfort that comfort is given by a mighty God.
A Song of Ascents. I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade on your right hand.
The sun will not smite you by day, Nor the moon by night.
The LORD will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul.
The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in From this time forth and forever.
~ Psalm 121