“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 ourselves receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4, NLT).

The world can be a cold place. If you’re alone, in trouble or afraid, it can be difficult to find any comfort that doesn’t come with a price or a side effect. If you have a loving, supportive family to gather around you in hard times, you are indeed blessed.

God is the source of comfort and it’s his nature to do so. He comforts us and then wants us to turn around and console or give solace to others. Because God as Jesus joined us in our humanity, our grief is his grief and our pain is his pain. He doesn’t enjoy our pain in any way and he never mocks us. Because he suffered and we participate in his suffering, we are joined in a mysterious way that will one day allow us to share in his glory. He understands and so he comforts.