Comfort Comes from Christ
Author: Kaeko Satoru (Chiba, Japan)
I had suffered from deep depression since my early teens and had attempted suicide several times. Eventually I was sent to hospital for drug addiction and was not allowed to leave the hospital for at least three months. In despair, I prayed, ‘Lord, nothing will come of my own strength. I am afraid of the people here. Please save me.’
The answer to my prayers came from scripture. When I read 2 Corinthians 1:1–7, the suffering of Jesus was revealed to me. In my own suffering, I had forgotten it. Recognising that I had been focusing only on my own troubles, I prayed, ‘Jesus, I am sorry. Please help me to feel your presence again.’ I was given peace and reassured that God is with us even in the midst of our pain.
I received a charge that no matter what my circumstances, I should think about the suffering of Christ. So I pray that in the future, when I meet people in circumstances similar to my own, I will not hesitate to support them.
Prayer: Dear Lord, we give you thanks for the comfort we receive from you. Lead us to people whom we can console. Amen