3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 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. 5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. 6 Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
- 2 Corinthians 1:3-6
If I suffer, I will be better equipped to minister to those who are also suffering any kind of affliction. It is this thought that sustains me of late, and allows me to embrace with joy the pain and trials this life brings so that I will be receptive to the lessons it teaches.
The topics of affliction and perseverance and comfort have been weighing heavily on me lately, so you might see a number of posts in the near future dealing with that.
On a lighter note, today or tomorrow, if I remember, I'll be posting my New Year's post, which has been delayed a couple weeks by feelingnotsowellness. Which is totally a word, by the way. Look it up--it's in the OOD*.
*Oxford Olivian Dictionary