Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.2 Corinthians 1:3-4
These are times of trouble and tribulation. We are beset with pestilence, violence, financial woes, all on top of the common day-to-day challenges we always have faced. Many of us have lost loved ones due to the COVID-19 pandemic or we have people we care deeply about who are in harm’s way. It may be fairly said that these are the days in which people’s hearts are “failing them for fear.” (Luke 21:26).
In the face of such adversity and uncertainty, we fairly ask, “Where may I turn for peace?” The answer is threefold:
The Holy Ghost: The Comforter promised by the Savior, who promised never to leave us comfortless. He stands ready to be our constant companion, even on the most difficult of journeys.
The Savior: He who called himself the other Comforter, who by His suffering knows personally and perfectly all that we are called upon to endure and who is uniquely qualified and empowered to heal our hurts.
Our Father in Heaven: The God of all comfort, who would remind us that we are His children, and as a perfect parent, He will hold us until the pain subsides and our fears are overcome.
More than ever, we need to look heavenward for the comfort that we desperately need. Then we need to follow the counsel of Paul and, having received salve for our own wounds, provide comfort to those around us and help bind up their injuries as well.
While “social distancing” may be the current mortal mandate, spiritual solidarity remains as the ultimate cure.
Considering the incomprehensible cost of the Crucifixion and Atonement, I promise you He is not going to turn His back on us now. When He says to the poor in spirit, “Come unto me,” He means He knows the way out and He knows the way up. He knows it because He has walked it. He knows the way because He is the way.Jeffrey R. Holland