Today's post is from Concordia Deaconess Jennifer Kettler and is part of a series on Lent. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being the commitment they show to those in our care is one of the many ways that Concordia stands out from other senior care providers. If you have any questions or would like to contribute a thought or idea, feel free to leave a comment below!
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.
2 Corinthians 1: 3-5
We may suffer, but we will not be destroyed.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord rescues them from them all.
Because Christ experienced separation from the Father when He hung on the cross, we never have to know what it is like to be forsaken by God.
And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
Nevertheless, in your great mercies you did not make an end of them or forsake them, for you are a gracious and merciful God.
It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.
Not only is Christ with us, but He understands.
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
So, throughout this Lenten season, we look to the cross of Christ. There we find comfort in knowing that our salvation has been accomplished. We also find encouragement that we are not alone in our suffering and that God is at work here. And so, we persevere in suffering. And we do this with the sure and certain hope of the resurrection!