Praise to the God of All Comfort
“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 receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 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. 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.We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 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.”
I had just been diagnosed with breast cancer when this passage in 2 Corinthians 1 came up in my reading plan, and let me tell you, I felt God’s voice lift me up through Paul’s words and example. God used excellent medical providers to heal my body, and used His words and friends and family to heal my soul. It was a deeply reflective time in my life, and was significant for my husband and two children. We thanked God for the many “Ebenezers” (see 1 Samuel 7:12) during the time of treatment. One of these faith stones was a simple pillow that was given to me the day I was told that I had cancer. I saw it in the bag with the pamphlets and booklets, and couldn’t imagine why it was in there. However, I’m not quick to toss things so it stayed in the bag. It turned out that after my surgery, it was incredibly helpful! Just the right size to tuck in between my arm and side, and I used it for several weeks.
Fast forward to this spring and my children had begun working on a project where they would make pillows, pray over them, and give them to medical offices. They are motivated by the desire to thank God for his goodness to our family, and to share His love with others through the physical comfort of the pillow and the spiritual comfort of His word on a card that comes with the pillow. Also, there are individual prayer cards for each pillow, so that our friends and family can be praying for the unknown woman that receives the pillow. The power of prayer was palpable during my time of being ill, and it is a gift to be able to speak to God on behalf of others that are in pain and need His healing.
In telling others about this project, we’ve been blessed with donations of fabric and the time of a graphic designer. Our prayer is for the kingdom to be multiplied by the sharing of these pillows to women that are at a vulnerable point in life.
It’s been a joy to participate in and give money to other projects that have been designed by brothers and sisters in Christ here at CCC.
Anne Volk | TBD