Inspirational Story: A Surprise of Comfort on a Sad Day!

Happy Sunday!

Another weekend snow storm in our region of the world… regretting the decision to cancel services @ Destiny Family Center this morning. Very sad about this, but hey it’s a snow day DFC’ers! Make it a day of MEMORIES with your family and friends!

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Right after we decided to cancel church, I loaded up the blue suburban with clothes and my computer and my daughter and her mischievous puppy… and we drove to Richmond.

Here’s the story…

As you’ve heard: Emily lost her dad last week… the darkest time of her life (besides March of 2009). This is the first time I’ve had to REALLY comfort my wife in 20 years of marriage. Emily has comforted me through the loss of three CLOSE relatives in 3 years… and what a comforter she was! Really, there is no way for me to ever thank her… and by receiving that kind of LOVE, I learned HOW to COMFORT a grieving person.

So when it became apparent that Emily’s dad was going to pass away, I prayed for God to make me a COMFORTER to my wife… just as she was to me! Wow, this might sound bizarre to some of you guys… but, its much easier receiving comfort than giving it.

I think its far more painful feeling someone else’s pain, than having your own.

In this case with Emily’s dad, I mourned the loss of MY amazing father-in-law WHILE I comforted my wife during the loss of her one and only father. He was such an influence in my life. Because he loved me SO MUCH, I felt so much pain. Still, my pain was nothing compared to a Daddy’s girl losing her one and only Daddy!

I hope more than anything right now, that I’ve done a good job comforting my Emily and her mom and my two kids. I keep praying for strength to be a good servant, and for the wisdom to know what to say and what not to say… and when to embrace and when to give space, etc.

Comforting a mourner is one of the most challenging, most meaningful things we can do for another human!

Yes, I know a few of you guys may be tempted to go super spiritual on me right about now… and you may come real close to quoting a few verses about how the Holy Spirit is supposed to be our one and only comforter. I agree with you!

John 14:16-17 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another COMFORTER, that he may abide with you for ever; 17Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

We certainly do need to LEAN on God in such painful times. We reach to him and he reaches to us; he reaches to us and we reach to him. He is always there for us in the darkest of times… he NEVER leaves us COMFORTLESS!

When God reaches out to us, many times, he comforts through other humans! The Great Comforter makes us his little comforters to each other. And in light of this thought, I want to be the very best comforter I can be, with Gods grace. Make sense?

Back to the story…

Emily was more sad yesterday morning than I had ever felt her to be. I was concerned. I felt so much pain in my heart for her. I felt so helpless… torn between my responsibilities at home and my intense desire to comfort my grieving wife.

You might not EVER hear me say this again for the rest of my life: Yesterday was the very first time I’ve ever been HAPPY about having to cancel a church service. Well, not perfectly happy… because I am the Pastor of the greatest church on earth, and I LOVE NOTHING MORE than to be with my church family… EXCEPT to be with my wife on such a day as yesterday!

Yesterdays snow storm was very unusual in that it snowed aggressively from west to east… pounding the I-64 corridor. Emily didn’t think in a million years, that Heaven and me would DRIVE all the way to Richmond in such conditions.

When we left the house, I told Heaven… we might not make it all the way, but we will go as far as we can!

The great surprise…

After 4 and a half hours in the worse driving conditions of my life… we safely arrived in Richmond.

Emily sent me a text asking what I was up too!

I replied: “Getting ready to make some hot chocolate.” (her favorite drink on snow days)

She said something like: “I wish we had some hot chocolate here.” (sad text countenance)

So Heaven and I stopped at the Food Lion down the road and picked up hot chocolate mix, mini marshmallows, whipped cream, and milk… and we headed for Emily’s moms road.

Got there… ROAD CLOSED!

No worries, we drove another 15 minutes and came in from the other side… had to weave in and out of something like 20 abandoned cars and trucks… barely made it!

Called Coree and asked him pull up my facebook on his computer… and asked him to call Mom into the room… and asked them to check out the new photo on my facebook wall… Heaven and I posted a photo (from my iphone) of the exit sign for her road! We timed it so that she saw the photo right when we turned in the driveway!

The smile on her face (and Coree and Millie’s face) is worth all the money in the world! I bet it will still be there a week from today! This will be remembered as one of the greatest surprises of Emily’s life!

I will never be able to explain HOW GOOD IT FELT to COMFORT MY WIFE on one of the saddest and loneliest days of her entire life.

What did we do with the evening?? Well, we took Coree and Heaven to cousin Elizabeth and Timothy’s house… and pulled the kids behind the suburban on sleds for two hours! We retired for the night at about 11:00pm… smiling big, thanking God for our loving family!

Hope this story inspires more stories just like it! Once again…

Comforting a mourner is one of the most challenging, most meaningful things we can do for another human!

Have a super Snow Day! Please leave a few comments! Will see some of you guys on Wednesday night @ DFC! Love you all!

Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!

Chuck

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5 thoughts on “Inspirational Story: A Surprise of Comfort on a Sad Day!

  1. UNBELIEVABLE!!!! WHAT WE ALL WILL DO FOR LOVE—YEARS AGO I WAS SNOWED IN @ RICHMOND @ A CONFERENCE AND WAS NOT GOING TO RETURN TILL MONDAY AND ON THAT SAT KEVIN DROVE TO RICHMOND AND FOUND THE HOTEL AND SURPRISED ME IN THE LOBBY SAYING"YOU CAN COME ON HOME NOW" WOW I WAS SPEECHLESS HE WAS JUST A GRINNING…THE THING IS KEVIN IS TERRIBLE ON DIRECTION AND THE FACT THAT HE EVEN FOUND RICHMOND WAS A BLESSING IN ITSELF..HAVE A GREAT FAMILY DAY!

  2. Great analogy Kristin… it was a Christmas moment! Wow Pam… that fella of yours is a real romantic isn't he!! Great story… had to get my box of tissues! (fanning the wet spots on his face) lol

    Nan… thank you for the encouragement! We've had a fair tail time… hate we have to part again tonight. Emily and I were just not made to be apart. I'm really missing Coree too… life is just not the same when he's not around to make me laugh.

    Love you all… have a super duper day!