“[God] who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”2 Corinthians 1:4 NKJV
I was feeling a little sad as I prepared to head home from a weekend outing. I was in the process of healing from a broken heart. Weekends away brought healing. As I was leaving, I received an unexpected phone call from Mike, a friend and the big brother I always wanted. He was on a job nearby so we arranged to meet for breakfast before I started for home. As we were finishing our meal, Mike looked across the table at me and said, “There is a lot of pain at this table.” Mike was healing from a broken heart, too. For many months, he had been my wise counsel, comfort, and strength. In the midst of his own pain, he had willingly entered mine.
A few weeks later, Mike and I spent a weekend visiting friends on their farm. I walked across the yard to join Mike where he stood looking out over the property. As I came alongside him, I could see he was struggling with his own pain. We stood there quietly – words were not necessary. Sharing the pain somehow brought comfort and healing to both of us.
“Before you can dry another’s tears, you too must weep.” Barbara Johnson
Father, thank you for friends who can share our pain in the midst of their own.