Coming alongside

All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too. (2 Corinthians 1:3-5 MSG)

Recently I had the privilege and honour of being there for someone on a not great day. When all I wanted to do was just wrap them in a hug and take it all away, take away the tears and the anxiety and the tiredness and the overwhelming emotions. But all I could do was just be there for them, to hug them, talk with them, listen to them, keep them safe, let them know the tears were ok, remind them to breathe, help them to smile.

I had an understanding of the place they were in. And it took me back to a time mid last year when someone else had done the same and been there for me in my mess and ugliness and tears. And the words they’d said to me, the hugs they’d given me, I had the opportunity to pass them on. I was able to offer what had helped me in the past to someone else, in the hope that it might help them.

In those moments we can embody to another God’s love for us that has been shown to us by others. For ‘He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.’

It felt like a God-moment that I could be there for this person. A blessing to be able to come alongside them. I’m thankful for the people that God has brought into my life in the past who have been able to come alongside me, and I’m thankful for the people that God is now bringing me alongside. And I’m thankful for a God who comes alongside us himself in the hard times and brings with him healing comfort.

 

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