Have you ever felt like you've woken up to a new awareness to the world around you? That's where I'm at right now. I've woken up to pain. I see it in people's faces. I hear it in their stories. I feel it when we hug.
There are so many people going through something painful and most of us never know it. Everyone just passes by one another with a smile or a nod or a quick "how are you" all the while never seeing the pain.
In my blog post "A Conversation About Death", I told you about my neighbor who has been overcoming breast cancer and my conversation with her. (That was several weeks ago)
Since that time, God has connected me with several people who are going through extremely painful experiences:
A couple who lost their son to suicide
Another neighbor who just found out that she might have breast cancer
And a friend who shared how she's been since her husband has been fighting cancer.
So much pain.
But there is something good available...
There is comfort for all of this pain and I recently rediscovered it in Isaiah 61.
Jesus's purpose is to heal the brokenhearted, to comfort all who mourn, to give us a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair, and so much more!
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of