April 5, 2017 – Poor and Comforted

Daily Challenges

The definition of poor is ‘considered to be deserving of pity or sympathy’.
‘Poor in Spirit’ refers to being humble and resisting the proud.

In our moments of despair, we are humbled and can become poor in spirit,
being brought to out knees by life’s circumstances.

How do we comfort our loved ones during their times of despair?
What do we say?

“I’m so sorry for your loss.” can sometimes seem unsympathetic,
but for some of us, finding the right words can be difficult.

Our hearts go out to them and our spirit aches for them.
But knowing how to provide a level of comfort, isn’t something that comes natural to us.

What Else Can We Do?

Sometimes a hug can say what words can’t.

A well written letter of acknowledgement of their sorrow can help.

A card of gratitude and appreciation for their friendship can brighten their day.

A long overdue phone call to listen to what they have to say,
can sometimes go a really long way.

True friends and real family know that in between the lines,
the sentiments from those who care are sincere.

It’s not necessary to ponder too long in the moment, just an arm around their shouldercan sometimes be exactly what they need.

The Bible Says

Matthew 5:3
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:4
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Matthew 11:11
Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.


Bible Trivia: Who has the keys to heaven? (See Matthew 16:19-20)  “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven”. Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.

Bible Verse: He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the beggar from the ash heap, to set them among princes and make them inherit the throne of glory. 1 Samuel 2:8a

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