Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ – who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble…”   (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

Have you ever had ‘the wind knocked out of your sails” or know someone who is having a rough time.  You feel their pain, you sense their struggle, but seem unable to know or say anything to help?  We’ve all been in this kind of situation, done whatever we could and wondered – should we have done something more.

Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge.

The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child. The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.  When his mother asked him what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, “Nothing, I just helped him cry.”

Our Lord walked slowly among the people, including publicans and sinners and shared the burdens of the afflicted and the weak.  He proved that pity is a sign of strength, not of weakness; and that God’s power flows through loving hearts.

For such a time as this, when some are filled with inexpressible joy it is also a world filled with heartache and hurting people who need a loving touch, a word of encouragement, a helping hand.  Remember to reach out, and if nothing else just… be there!

Further reading:  Ezekiel 3:12-15;    2 Corinthians 1:3-11;