About three weeks ago, Grayden had the flu so to get out of the house I took Cole to the store. We ended up coming home with a pet fish. He was a bright, yellow little guy so Cole named him Sunny. Cole was excited to show Grayden and we were hoping it would cheer him up.
We had three wonderful weeks with Sunny. He stayed in the boys' room and the tank served as their bedtime nightlight. They introduced him to everyone who came to visit. They prayed he would survive every night.
We lost our friend Sunny this weekend. Ironically enough, Grayden had the flu again the same day Sunny passed.
Cole took it the hardest. He crawled in my lap and cried.
As I comfort my son, I am reminded that we serve the God of all Comfort who gives us comfort in our troubles.
In the grand scheme of life, losing a $2 fish can hardly be called a trouble. But for a 3 year old, it IS.
My prayer is that Cole receives God's comfort today and, as Scripture says, will someday soon have the opportunity to use the comfort He received in THIS trouble to comfort someone else in THEIR trouble.
Join me today as I pray the following:
Father of compassion, YOU are the God of all comfort. No matter what troubles my children face, will they see and feel your comfort. AND then will You show them how Your comfort serves a second purpose in comforting others. No matter what age they are or what trouble they face, give them opportunity to comfort others with the comfort they received from You. --2 Corinthians 1:3-4