Thought for the week – 17.12.20

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2 Corinthians 1 v3-4

‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we have received from God.’

St Paul wrote this in about the year A.D.55. He was no stranger to suffering and was sharing his experience of God’s support and the stability it gave him, to help his friends in a similar situation.

In our present situation, there is the same need to cope with bereavement, loneliness, financial hardship and uncertainty, and all the problems they cause, particularly so this year when more people than ever will be alone.

Christmas tradition has been to send Christmas cards as an expression of goodwill and caring to our friends and neighbours, but in this time of special need we  give thanks to God that so many people have been inspired to rise to the occasion with personal and practical support.

This may be delivering food or medicines, offering help or caring for those who are alone or depressed, being there for each other in times of bereavement and suffering, feeding those in need or simply providing a caring voice on the phone.

In living as God would wish in caring for each other we can experience His support and guidance and discover healing and peace.