Posted by: Larry Hoekman | September 30, 2015

Daily Readings — In This Together!

Day 2191: Safely home after a 3300 mile road trip!!!

Scripture: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. II Corinthians 1:3-5

Thoughts/questions: On our road trip, we met family/friends at 7 different locations, where we shared freely.

Each had VERY significant family issues with either siblings, kids, or grandkids. Wow! When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we don’t enter a magical kingdom of perfection. Those close to us can still have major issues. We are all in it together!

However, all of them had great hope. Within their sorrow, His hope gave them peace. His peace did not give them indifference, but resulted in continual prayer. Their prayers increased their faith. Their faith helped them lift their heads and continue on. That faith gave them hope, and this cycle continues on a regular basis.

Yes, difficult challenges can be found smack dab in the middle of our walk with Christ. Can they be avoided? I truly don’t think so. As our problems arise, always remember these two things: 1) other brothers and sisters are dealing with similar things, and maybe even worse. 2) having faith will bring you hope – exercise that faith daily!

Suggested prayer: Lord God, I am weak. Help me . . .

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