Who comforteth us in all our tribulation,
that we may be able to comfort them
which are in any trouble,
by the comfort wherewith we ourselves
are comforted of God.
~ 2 Corinthians 1:4
The blogging community is beyond enormous. I’ve been impressed to learn that this enormously large community of writers has many smaller circles of people who through our writing, sharing, and online fellowship we have become friends, encouragers, and prayer partners.
This week many of our hearts were broken when we heard from one such dear friend. She is a lovely woman, a loving wife and mother, an honest, gifted writer and storyteller. We’d been missing her lately, wondering if maybe she was just taking a rest from writing or posting. She was. Please, won’t you lift up my friend, Stacy Jones, in your prayers? She and her dear family are aching from horrific, deep loss.
They are trusting in Jesus. They are being loved on by family and friends and their church. They have hope. But, I know firsthand how powerful prayer is. And, I know that online is just one more way for The Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus to be glorified. It is one more avenue for us to love each other and comfort one another, which certainly glorifies God. I believe it would be a blessing for Stacy and her family to know that this community loves her, hurts with her and that we are remembering her and her family in prayer.
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
~ 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18