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Saturday, July 22, 2017

It Hurts So Bad

July 22

(2 Corinthians 1:3-11 NIV) "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, {4} who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. {5} For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. {6} If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. {7} And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. {8} We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. {9} Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. {10} He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, {11} as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many."

(Matthew 11:28-29 NIV) "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. {29} Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."

Little Anthony and the Imperials had a hit song in the 1960’s called, "Hurt So Bad." Some people today could honestly say that it has been their life’s theme song. Christianity is a breeze when things go well. But when the sun goes away and won’t come back, faith gets a lot tougher. When we despair for our life, or for the life of a loved one, none of our religious clich├ęs work anymore. When our marriage is going down the tubes, and none of our prayers seem to connect, darkness and despair can take over in our lives. When pain is our "live-in”, our "housemate" by day, and our "bed partner" by night, we need a “parakaleo” -- someone who will come alongside of us and hold us up when our knees buckle. These are times we need the “Comforter”. His name is Jesus. Call for Him. Reach out to Him. Seek Him with all the strength you have left, and you will find rest for your soul. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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