Ministering Through the Pain


A man comforts his anguished friend in the Children’s Hospital waiting area

“And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before” (Job 42:10, NKJV).

“The God of all comfort… comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows” (2 Cor. 1:3-5, NIV).

“My baby! My baby!” the young mother shrieked in grief, stumbling after the nurses solemnly pushing the metal cart. They emerged suddenly out of the double doors into the ICU waiting area. All of us other parents looked up with startled, sorrowful faces. On top of the cart was a tiny, still human form wrapped in paper. This mother’s little one had just departed into eternity.

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