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    Sunday
    Jun222014

    TO THE FAMILY & FRIENDS OF TIM MATLOCK

    “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 have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.”

    ―2 Corinthians 1:3–5 (niv)

    TO THE FAMILY & FRIENDS OF TIM MATLOCK

    Losing a loved one can cause such deep wounds that we wonder how we can ever recover from such a traumatic event. But, thank God, He comes through with healing for our hearts so that we can carry on for Him and our families.

    The pain of losing a loved one is staggering. But think about this: the Bible says Jesus was touched with the same feelings of our infirmities. Scripture says that we have a High Priest who understands our pain and sympathizes with us (see Hebrews 4:15); He shares in our weakness and infirmities.

    When our heart is wounded to the breaking point; when we are drained of physical, mental, and emotional strength; when we are drained of the will to go on; when we have a helpless, hopeless feeling—then Jesus will come and help us, if we ask Him! He understands the feelings of our infirmities; He totally understands the “absence of strength” that we feel.

    Jesus knows from personal experience our hurts, our wounds, our pains, and our feelings of having no strength to carry on. He will heal those who are broken in heart and will bind up their wounds. The key here is to draw near to Him, for when we do, He draws near to us. (See James 4:8.) We must come to Him asking for His help.

    We find further instructions on dealing with grief in Hebrews 4:16, which tells us to “fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help for every need.”

    The Amplified Bible translates this Scripture promise as “appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it.” Nothing will bring God on the scene quicker than hearing His Word spoken back to Him! Therefore, we must also speak His Word out loud and believe in our heart that the Comforter, the precious Holy Spirit, is helping us.

    Pray the following prayer for yourself or someone else who is hurting.

    Prayer for Comfort after Loss of Loved One

    Heavenly Father, thank You that You promise comfort to those who mourn. Father, I know that You are the God of all comfort. Lord, I ask You to comfort me and fill me with Your peace. Give me the strength I need in this difficult time. I pray that You would surround me with Your love. Heal my brokenness and bind my wounds, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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