Saturday, June 23, 2012

Finding Comfort, Giving Comfort

I am a dad to 2 preemies. In 2008, when our first was born I was serving as an assistant pastor at the small country church that I grew up in. Naturally, when the emergency arose that brought my son Isaac to us at 30 weeks, we turned to the scriptures for comfort and reassurance about exactly Who was holding our family's future. Faith in God has always been a part of my family's life. My wife and I were both saved at a young age and have been following Jesus and studying scripture for years. We do our best to live by Jesus's teachings every day. We found comfort in His Word and in His people during our son's (and our daughter's) NICU stay, both family, friends and strangers.

Our families were by our side, of course, but we also experienced comfort from our church family and from a group of people who have dedicated their lives to providing comfort to NICU families and other extended-stay patients' families at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa. The Hospitality House of Tulsa has hosted us twice along with hundreds, maybe thousands of other NICU families. They provide extremely low cost (donation based) apartments, prayer support, meals and comfort to people whose family members are in a medical crisis. From the moment we set foot in HHT, they became family and have remained so. My wife and I found comfort and support there and God spurred us toward staying in touch with HHT and helping in any way that we could to see that other preemie families experience the same comfort. There is a scripture found in 2nd Corinthians 1:3&4 that best describes what I believe is a biblical principle that Christians are supposed to live by. It says: "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 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."

Comfort, much like love is to be shared. Now that we have experienced the comfort of God through others in our time of distress, our lives are forever changed. We must give it away. God has placed a call on the life of my family to be there for other preemie families. Whether its a visit to the NICU, a prayer whispered for a tiny baby or any material support we can give, comforting preemie families will forever be a part of our lives because of the comfort we received.

Find out more about The Hospitality House of Tulsa and what you can do to help them in their mission at http://www.tulsahospitalityhouse.org/



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