Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Comfort of Kindness

Once again God has “..brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay,...”  Psalm 40:2
The “miry clay” is healing on my head and I am so thankful for His hand that reaches down into the pit of our pain! 
Last night I was thinking of Jesus’ words to His disciples right before His arrest and crucifixion. On the eve that He was about to experience the most intense suffering, Jesus was deeply concerned about His friends.
He told them not to be troubled, that He was going to prepare a place for them. He encouraged that by informing them it was actually to their advantage that He went away because when He did, He would send them the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives is incomparable. WIthout Him, we would never be drawn to God or empowered and equipped to live for Him.
But what kept coming to mind for me, was that Jesus referred to Him as “the Comforter.”
We live in an uncomfortable world. In fact, I think many pursuits are born to escape that reality.
When Jesus walked the earth, His touch healed and soothed. He words encouraged and gave strength to the weak.
Now, the Spirit faithfully does the same in each one that belongs to the Father.
So gentle and steady is His Comfort, that we often don’t perceive it until we realize through the smell of smoke, that we are standing unscorched by the flames.
Among the fruit of the Spirit, is an often overlooked slice called kindness.
Kindness has the ability to take a difficult hour, a hard day or an uncomfortable season and make it better by simple and genuine actions.

There were those who soothed the rough edges of this last week for me that made a huge difference by their acts of kindness.
From the doctor, who with dignity helped me with my condition and showed me practical measures in a reassuring manner, to my sweet mom who put lotion on my dry skin, to friends who brought us food and more. Kindness has made this time bearable, In fact it too, has been a hand up out of the pit to grab hold of His strong arm.
Desiring to honor his friend’s legacy, King David in 2 Samuel 9:2 says, “Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”
A servant informs him that, yes there was one of Jonathan’ sons left. A young man named Mephibosheth, who was lame in both of his feet.
The king sends for him to come to his palace and appoints him a special place at his table for the rest of his life.
I think it’s safe to say that there are those around you and I who are having difficulty running the race of faith today. Those whose spiritual feet need strengthening and maybe even a hand up to recover from a fall.
May we all take those opportunities to show the kindness of our God and bring comfort to those who need it. You may never know the difference you made, but the recipient of your gift will....and so will your God.
 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 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 1:3-4
  • I meet with the doctors tomorrow. We are praying I would be able to go back on the medication at a lower dosage without the severity of the side effects...:)
Love to you!


  1. Lisa,
    TRUTH is a wonderful thing, isn't it? Not just "knowing" it on an intellectual level, but also, on an experiential one. God is so faithful to surround us with people to "hold up our arms" when we are oh so weary and experiencing troubles. Last night Roy & I went to the celebration of a 50th wedding anniversary. There were about 250 people there, many who were present from my childhood. In fact, the lady whose anniversary it was, mentored me when I first began teaching Sunday School when I was 18! She gave my wedding shower when I got married. That was 40 years ago! As I looked around the room, I admired a couple who were my Sunday School Teachers when I was 11, my choir director when I was 11, my first "boss" when I was 15, my Pastor & his wife for most of my teen years & into my 30's, children I babysat and taught in Sunday School, now grown and raising their own families. My best friend in this whole world who mentored me for many years in the Lord and is now 72, organized this whole activity over the course of the past month and she was exhausted, but her efforts were clearly well-spent. People I went to school with & shared Church Youth Group, Choir, and ministry activities with, were doing the special music. I was overwhelmed with thoughts of how graciously the Lord had provided so much support & under-girding for us throughout our lives & by the investments He supplied of love and care that had been extended to us through His people! I shared your trials with many of them last night because I know they will join in faithfully praying for your full recovery. I am grateful the Lord has brought you through this bump in the road and am confident in His grace & mercy in helping you through future "pits and deep darkness." He is ever the Lover of our souls & Redeemer of our lives! Ever praying for "miracles we do not expect," and those we are hoping for! Love & Blessings Abundant, Cathy Tullgren

  2. I pray for God's healing hand upon you for your appt tomorrow.I also pray for your medicine to work swiftly without any complications.I love the verse: Morning by Morning new mercies i see,great is your faithfulness lord unto thee.Sisters in Christ,Kimberly Currieri

  3. Oh Lisa, you have no idea how much YOUR blogs help others. I am sure it is such a cleansing and spiritual gift for you to write. I have started reading your blogs and I feel so blessed. When I read them I know our Lord is working through you to heal me. This last blog when you speak of King David and the one last son who had lame feet. Your analogy touched me and brought tears to my eyes. I am dealing with someone who struggles with alchohol addiction, depression, lonliness and anxiety. I have tried so hard to help her, bringing her to church, giving her support group info and lots of prayer. I was disappointed when none of these things were helping, at least at the moment. It is a very sensitive situation because she is also an employee of mine. I prayed for an answer on what should I do? Let go and let God or keep allowing this person to cause me heartache and keep dealing with the lies. My answer came through a sister of Christ unexpectably. I was relieved and completely grateful for knowing what to do. I have stepped back but my prayers are stronger than ever. She recently rededicated her life to Christ but as Pastor says, she is "stumbling out of the gates." I know it is an extremely difficult battle she has ahead of her and only her faith in Jesus Christ can save her. Please keep Penny in your prayers. She is a woman with an incredible spirit but Satan knows how to fill her mind with doubts and insecurities. I look forward to your words, they truly fill my days with optimism and hope. Thank you and God bless <3 Angela

  4. Hi Lisa, I'm praying for you, and think of you often. Much love, Lizzie

  5. Lisa,

    I'm so glad you've been lifted up this week to be reassured of the amazing love God has for you. I pray you will be able to go back on the drug this week. If not, I pray the Lord's very best plan for you. Yes- be comforted! Love - Cherrie

  6. This I recall to my mind,
    Therefore I have hope.
    The Lord's lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
    For His compassions never fail.
    They are new every morning;
    Great is Your faithfulness. "The Lord is my portion," says my soul,
    "Therefore I have hope in Him."
    Lam 3:21-24

    Praying for you today.

  7. Praise God for relief and your support system. Lifting you up to our Lord for your physical, emotional, and spiritual health! Toni