The Waiting Room
Thursday, December 14
Teri Kish, RPC member since March 1999
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 (NIV)
Last year at this time, my family was going through a very tough period. It was a time of uncertainty for the future. Many things were out of our control and all we could do was wait. It was extremely hard not to let fear of the future and worry creep into my thoughts: "How it is going to turn out? Do I need to take action or wait some more? What does God have planned for us and am I going to like it? When are we going to get through this?" As you can tell, the fear of the unknown can completely undo me.
Before coming to RPC, my faith was immature. I was a Christian, but I really didn't know what it meant to trust in God. I depended heavily on those closest to me to reassure and comfort me, and I tried to control the situation, however I could. This often led me to fear and worry when things didn't go as I had planned. Conversely, since attending RPC and becoming involved in a Bible study group, I have seen my faith and trust in God grow. Yes, I still have the worry and doubt, but I now have this core belief that has been nurtured and doesn't go away in tough times. God is in control. God is good and loves me. This time, I had my church family supporting me and reminding me that God will be there for me. Many were praying for us; others were relaying similar situations in their lives and how it all worked out in the end. They were able to comfort me, through the love of God, based on their experiences. I felt supported and surrounded by the love of God through the people of this church. My relationship with God became stronger, dampening my fears and bringing me peace.
Now that my family is through this tough period, I look forward to being able to comfort others in similar situations and pray that through my love and support, they know God loves and supports them.
Heavenly Father, thank you for bringing my church family into my life. It is through their love that your love shines so brightly, bringing comfort and peace in all circumstances. Thanks be to God. Amen.
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