“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” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

As far as I can tell, our English word “comfort” comes from the Latin word comfortis. “Com” means with or alongside. “Fortis” means strong or fortified.

With this in mind, offering comfort to someone can be more than just making them feel nice or offering a platitude or pat on the back.

It is coming alongside someone in their struggles; this strengths them because they are not alone in that struggle. Why? Because you’re there with them. And so is God.

Com Fortis.

There are times when you’re the comforter. And there are others when you’re the comfortee. Either way, we make our way into other people’s lives not by chance, but for a reason.

Providing comfort isn’t all about being an expert or being perfect—but simply being there.


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