Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 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 Cor. 1:3-4

The other day while at a birthday party for my niece, Caleb decided that he would go head- first down the slide (like his big brother William) at the playground. Needless to say, it didn’t work out for Caleb and he ended up with a nice little scrape on the side of his face; he calls it a “boo boo”. I picked him up, dusted him off and attended to his ‘boo boo’. Sometimes life is painful
as Caleb found out at the playground.

Later that day he said with a sad little face “my boo boo is not better”, and that’s when my heart really sank. I love my little buddy and I don’t want him to hurt. Also, I know all too well how
the hurt of an injury like that hangs around for a while. I hugged him and comforted him and let him know that I loved him. Well as you can imagine, a minor injury like that is not going to slow
down a three-year-old for very long. Caleb is back in action and looking for more ‘big brother’ tricks.

I suppose that I could have given Caleb a few Bible verses and told him to trust in God, or perhaps told him about the many times that I have had scrapes and such. But somehow, I don’t
think that it would have helped his “boo boo”. What he did need and willingly accepted was love and comfort, something we all need in our times of affliction.