Giving Comfort

January 31, 2014



If only you could be silent! That’s the wisest thing you could do.

~Job 13:5, NLT


Compassion is costly. It is easy enough to argue, criticize and condemn, but redemption is costly, and comfort draws from the deep. Brains can argue, but It takes heart to comfort.

~Samuel Wallace Chadwick


In the wake of the recent school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut an unlikely group moved in and made a difference. The group was from Chicago and they used golden retrievers to comfort the children. The dogs don’t bark, they either play with the kids or lay with them. They make better counselors because they show a lot of affection, they don’t talk and they will lay beside a kid for hours without moving.

Like Jobs friends, most of us are quick to give advice from the conclusions we’ve jumped to. They say that men are especially prone to do this. We are “fixers” at least in our minds.  One of the most inspiring experiences of my life came some 20 years ago. June and I were invited to a home which gave shelter to abused children. Our job, for one evening, was to give relief to the couple who ran the home. Before they left, they gave us clear instructions. There was one little boy about 6 years old who had been sexually abused by his father: the counselor said before leaving, “He doesn’t like men and he will not say a word. Don’t waste your time trying to get him to talk. He will not talk to anyone.”

The couple left and there we were with a house filled with kids. I took the girls and we went to the den to watch TV. June took the boys and they went into another room. After a couple of hours, I go out to check on them and June is sitting in the floor of the hallway with the little six year old. They are talking. I ducked back in immediately knowing that my presence would spoil everything. June couldn’t wait for the care givers to return. She told them, “He talks to me.” He had a reason not to trust men and for some reason, he trusted June. The biggest part of being a friend is listening and understanding.


  • Three 12 hour days in a row and that doesn’t count the blog which I do after I get in and don’t usually finish until around 10:00 or 11:00 pm. I’m getting too old to burn the candle at both ends. 
  • SAFE today at 11:30 am…Home made rolls, Mississippi Roast, fried apple pies, mashed tators, green beans and more. Old Gregg is 61…You’d think he would attend these Senior luncheons. He’s probably on a diet.
  • It’s official…we are {LORD willing} going back to Grand Bay for a Revival in January 2015…January 25-28.
  • We go to Sardis Springs Sunday week for a Winter Bible Study…February 9-12.
  • Preston Grammer is recovering nicely and Dana had been up walking and was tired but cheerful. She has a sweet spirit. Jimmy and Sandra drove through the snow twice.
  • Widow Women Breakfast Saturday morning at Cracker Barrel.
  • Many of you remember Donnie Browning who led music for us a couple of times during REVIVALS; his older brother Ray Browning was promoted Wednesday night late. Ray was 68 I think. He has been battling cancer for over a year. Back in his Amoco days he was known as “Bear.” I think Ray’s grandmother  was a sister to Tracey Callahan’s granddaddy. I could be wrong.
  • For your information: Ginger hates this blog. She doesn’t even look at the pictures. She hasn’t aged but Super Dave lost some hair: haven’t we all.
Identify these two love birds and you win nothing!

Identify these two love birds and you win nothing!

Celebrate Jesus


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