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"Cultivating compassion for ourselves and others can bring balance and harmony to our lives in a way we never dreamed of." - Thubten Chodron

2 Corinthians 1:3-4(NIV)- Praise be to 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.
I wonder why it takes a disaster for people to come together, to work for, instead of against one another. To make it a habit rather than a reaction to pray together as a nation. To comfort one another the same way we are comforted by God. Wouldn't it be beautiful if we simply did that as part of our daily lives, disaster or not?
Should it take situations that place our backs against the wall to show our goodness, compassion, to comfort one another and share love for one another as children of God? The reality is we get busy in our daily lives and sometimes forget who we are and what we should do. We forget to pray for each other and even forget to pray for ourselves.
We are all good people. It just takes extra effort and a deeper dive to tap into the goodness within. Today's verse reminds us to praise God the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort. He comforts us in our troubles so we can share that same comforts with others especially in their times of trouble. I encourage you today to remain in the present, pray together often and seek opportunities to comfort others in times of trouble. I leave you with 1 Thessalonians 3:12(NIV) - May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.

Dear God,
Thank you for your compassion and constant comfort in times of trouble. For teaching me that the same comfort I receive from you, I should share with others in their times of trouble. I pray that all your children remember to praise you for the compassion and the comfort you give to them in hard times. That they remember to share this same compassion and comfort with others. I ask this in your son Jesus' name. Amen!

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