By: April O’Neil

In times of profound loss and grief, we are drawn to pause and reflect on the gift of life; letting the agenda of the day melt away.  When those we love are suffering, we are called to enter into expressing the deepest and most intimate form of love.  Coming alongside a person who has lost a precious loved one, is an act of love.  In times of intense grief, merely taking the next breath becomes laborious, and an act of compassion is a welcome prescription. The bible tells us to “share each other’s troubles and problems, and in this way obey the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2 NLT).  As Pastor Rick recently taught us during our study of “What On Earth Am I Here For?”, when we serve together, we do our part, but when we suffer together, we share our heart.

As the body of Christ, we are a family, and we belong to each other.  In 1 Peter 2:17, God calls us to love our spiritual family.  Let’s choose to lead the way, and demonstrate our love and devotion by entering into another person’s suffering.  Although painful, there is no better way to express true agape love for another human being.

If one member suffers, all suffer together. 1 Corinthians 12:26a (GW)

God designed us to thrive in relationship.  We are always better together; especially during our greatest trials.  Thank you for your outpouring of love and support for The Warren Family with the loss of their precious son Matthew.  If you would like send a note of encouragement to Pastor Rick and Kay, please click HERE.

If you are suffering, we would love to pray for you, and offer you support and encouragement.  Please join our Daniel Plan Facebook Community to connect with us online and get access to resources to help you get healthy.   We also invite you to send us an email at [email protected].

“There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1 NLT)