The devastating tornado that recently hit Moore, Oklahoma, destroyed thousands of homes and killed 24 people. Many families found only empty lots where their houses once were.
Many people came to the area to assist in the search and rescue efforts and the cleanup that will follow. Among those who arrived to offer their help were about a dozen public safety employees from Joplin, Missouri.
You may remember that Joplin was hit by a terrible tornado on May 22, 2011. The people of that city know what it’s like to lose lives to a deadly storm (158 were killed) and to have to rebuild from the rubble. It is natural that they would sympathize with the citizens of Moore and help them in any way possible.
The Bible says that we should try to comfort others, just as we have received comfort. This cycle of showing love and compassion brings healing and hope to a world filled with pain and despair. Let’s all try to find our place in this process of comforting others.
“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 have received from God.”—2 Corinthians 1:3-4.