“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.”
— 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
The grief-stricken mother sat in a hospital room in stunned silence, tears streaming down her cheeks. She had just lost her only child. She gazed into space as the head nurse asked her, “Did you notice the little boy in the hall just outside?” The woman shook her head no.
The nurse continued, “His mother was brought here by ambulance from their poor one-room apartment. The two of them came to this country only three months ago, because all their family members had been killed in war. They don’t know anyone here.”
“That little boy has been sitting outside his mother’s room every day for a week in hopes his mother would come out of her coma and speak to him.”
By now the woman was listening intently as the nurse continued, “Fifteen minutes ago his mother died. It’s my job to tell him that, at age seven, he is all alone in the world—there’s nobody who even knows his name.”
The nurse paused and then asked, “I don’t suppose you would tell him for me?” The woman stood, dried her eyes, and went out to the boy.
She put her arms around the homeless child. She invited him to come with her to her childless home. In the darkest hour of both their lives, they became lights to each other.
I am painfully aware this morning of the hurting, grieving multitude around me. In our country, 70,000 families are losing their homes each month to foreclosure. Jobs are vanishing and the prospects of a comfortable retirement for the average person is laughable.
Job lost his family, his fortune, his physical health, his friends and seemingly, his future. There was no comfort from his wife and none from his “friends.” He needed love with a face on it!
Have you ever suffered? Have you ever been comforted? If the answer to these questions is “yes,” then you are qualified to be one of God’s comforters. You are a prime candidate to be love with a face on it.