Following the loss of a loved one, we got a large shoebox full of cards sending expressions of sympathy and good wishes. I looked through them today. It was a lengthy job.
Perusing the messages, I noticed cards with printed sentiments in them. Others came with handwritten messages. Many expressed sadness and offered comforting words about the end of suffering and a place in heaven for the one who had passed on. Those personal words of sadness and comfort were very much appreciated.
But those cards that recounted memories “stole the show”. Speaking or reading of the lost loved one comforts those left behind. Comfort comes from reviewing the memories. Some cards and letters spoke of the loved one’s kindness, talents, hospitality and even of a memorable snowmobile ride. I found those notes to be most encouraging and enlightening.
The Lord Jesus knew that He would be leaving His loved ones soon. Aware that they would need comfort, He told them of the provision of a Comforter who was coming for them.
In John 14:16 & 18, Jesus says, “And I will pray the Father and He shall give you another Comforter that He may abide with you forever…I will not leave you comfortless;”
How wise and loving of Jesus, to not only send a card, but a real Comforter.
As you express sympathy to those who have suffered a great loss, send those cards. If you have memories of the lost one, share them. Be present when you can. Your presence can cushion some of the pain. And like Jesus, pray the Father that His Comforter would do his work in the lives of those who are grieving.
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