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Lower United Methodist Church
March 10th, 2021

 

“May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed! He is the compassionate Father and God of all comfort. He’s the one who comforts us in all our trouble so that we can comfort other people who are in every kind of trouble. We offer the same comfort that we ourselves received from God.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (CEB)

The woman called late one night asking for help. She had just been released from Fairfax Hospital where she was taken by ambulance after receiving a beating from some neighbors who “hated her”. Her name was Maria and the hospital staff had done a good job in checking her and since there were no broken bones or internal bleeding she was released. Maria had no transportation and no money to pay for a taxi, so she humbly called to see if I could give her a ride home.

To give her a ride was not a problem for me as I lived less than 10 minutes from the hospital. The problem was that the angry neighbors might still be around when I took her home. Culmore, in Bailey’s Crossroads was a violent neighborhood at the time.

It was nearly midnight when I found her, and I almost did not recognize her. Maria was covered with bruises from the head down, her hair was a mess, and her face was swollen. As I approached, she attempted a smile, but this beating had shocked her to the core. All she could do was cry.

Although I had never been in a situation like this before, I quickly realized that her most pressing need was comfort. She trembled as I gave her a hug and with soft words took her by the hand and got her in my car. I have never seen her so scared and heartbroken; she was afraid the aggressors might still be there and beat her again. That’s when I begin to pray for the God of comfort to heal her soul and console her heart.

“We offer the same comfort that we ourselves received from God”  the scripture reminds us. Because God has comforted us in our trouble, we can comfort other people who are in need. We have been blessed by God’s presence, by his peace and by his grace so we can share with others in their time of need.

Maria began to relax as I prayed and sang for her. Suddenly she realized she was not alone and even though there were people “who hated her”, God was still on her side. By the time we got to her house, it was past midnight and there was no one in the streets. More than the ride, it was the words of comfort and love that helped her calm down and get back into her apartment. As I saw her walk away, I gave thanks to our Lord for comforting such a troubled heart and filling her with peace. 

Rev. Ileana Rosario
 

       
Please remember these people
in your prayers:
Lana Falkenstein
Adam Harrow
Tony Estrada
Krista Dean
Robert & Carolyn Major
Barrie Carmichael
Ashley Hutchison and new baby
Pope Francis' quest for unity and peace
 



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This uplifting and inspirational booklet was distributed recently to members, youth, children and friends of LUMC. This outreach has encouraged them, helping to deepen their relationship with God in these difficult times. Generous donations covered the total cost for the booklets and mailing. We are truly blessed to have witnessed this spirit of loving, thoughtful sharing. Stop by the office to pick one up if you would like to share with a friend.
 
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