February 18, 2018
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Hebrews 2:17-18  Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.

I have noticed that when someone talks about a difficulty he or she is experiencing, others are quick to reply, “I know just how you feel.” But I have learned that is rarely the case. Everyone comes to each new experience with their own personality, memory, and behaviors. The reassurance in this verse from Hebrews is that God doesn’t view our suffering indifferently from on high, but as one of us who knows what it’s like to hurt and suffer. And the even better news is that He was victorious over all of the hurt and suffering that we might find hope and a promise that He will wipe away every tear.

(c) 2018 Marcia Hotchkiss

About The Author:

My simple life… is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God lead me. I have been married to Greg for 27 years and we have three wonderful children. My simple life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God take control. I followed God’s call to begin seminary at Perkins School of Theology in January 2006. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God’s call. I began the Degree in the Art of Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary in January 2009. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and spent three amazing years in Pastoral Ministry at Highland Springs Senior Living in Dallas, TX. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. My passion is the Christian Spiritual Life. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, I am so blessed to hear how God is at work in the world. How is God at work in your life?

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