God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. 2 Cor. 3b-4a

Jesus’ response to the grief of others was to show up with help, hope, and friendship… and sometimes He wept. We legitimize the grief of others and affirm our connections with others when we are willing to mourn with those who mourn. The poet John Donne put it like this: “each man’s death diminishes me because I am a part of mankind.”

Lord, show me how to respond in a way that brings real comfort.