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Buoyed by a last-minute entry of reinforcements, the troops rallied to…

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Discouragement will visit anyone. It’s even been whimsically revealed in scenes from heaven in the classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life”:

CLARENCE'S VOICE
                         You sent for me, sir?

                                     FRANKLIN'S VOICE
                         Yes, Clarence. A man down on earth 
                         needs our help.

                                     CLARENCE'S VOICE
                         Splendid! Is he sick?

                                     FRANKLIN'S VOICE
                         No, worse. He's discouraged. At 
                         exactly ten-forty-five PM tonight, 
                         Earth time, that man will be thinking 
                         seriously of throwing away God's 
                         greatest gift.

                                     CLARENCE'S VOICE
                         Oh, dear, dear! His life! Then I've 
                         only got an hour to dress. What are 
                         they wearing now?*

Something worse than being sick? Yes, discouragement has taken lives through either people dying slowly by giving up or killing themselves through suicide.

Most of us need encouragement at some given points. It will hopefully come through sources close to us as it did for me recently. Some friends bathed me with it and some how the Epson Salts of their remarks made their way into my aching soul.

I’ve been reading through Job again. It’s the book I can’t stand to read, but go through every year nonetheless. Why torture myself? Because it’s a mystery novel of the first sort. It seems like so many questions are left unanswered. In the entire book, only a couple of clear theological themes ever emerge: God is good and big and friends can be small and dumb.

If we were to read Job over and over so as to only learn how NOT to be a friend, it would be worth all of the pain we feel as we go through one of the most valuable books of The Bible.

It’s getting more obvious to me that the only way to truly blurt, “I know how you feel,” is to have experienced pain at some level that allows those words to spill out without a shred of glib.

Perhaps we could learn a lesson from the eager-beaver, Clarence? So anxious to help the deflated George Bailey, he cried, “Then I’ve only got an hour to dress.”

How fast can you get changed into the clothes of compassion and empathy?

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3,4

WHICH WILL YOU BE…

HE WORE OUTDATED THREADS BUT HE WAS CLOTHED WITH COMPASSION:

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CONTRAST WITH JOB’S FRIENDS WHO WERE PARTICULARLY SKILLED AT RUBBING EPSON SALT INTO HIS WOUNDS:

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* Screenplay written by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra & Jo Swerling

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