From this month’s calendar page, we heard a story about Jenna who was able to comfort Shawn, a homesick camper.

Comforting homesick Shawn, our Women’s Director asked the first time camper what her favorite part of camp was. Through crocodile tears Shawn replied, “When the big girls threw us our own party because it made me feel special.”

Jenna, one of the “big girls,” overhearing Shawn chimed in, “I was homesick my first year at camp too.” In that moment Jenna realized God was using her past homesickness to help a new friend. Jenna understood Shawn. And that understanding dried the tears up.

That moment stuck with Jenna.  She sent us a note to show us what God has been teaching her.

MayJennaHave you ever gone through something that was really hard? Or has something happened in your life that felt like a disaster? Most of you probably answered yes. Don’t worry. That’s normal. I for sure would say yes to those questions.

Everyone struggles with something. Some people in secret and others in plain sight. If you think about it, we are all one big family. Brothers and sisters in Christ. Families struggle together. In 1 Corinthians 1:7 it says, “…just as you share in our sufferings .” Your struggles are my struggles and my struggles are your struggles BUT the Bible also says, “so also you share in our comfort.” Families may struggle together but they also comfort together. Paul tells us, “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.” The compassion of Christ is overflowing. The peace we feel from God is amazing. We are told to continue that comfort and peace.

Although we all struggle, we also have comfort. We are children of the Father of compassion. How cool is that? I hope you are encouraged by my story. If you are going through something hard right now, remember that someone is always there to comfort you and you never know what God is going to do with your story.