Some encouraging words for my friends that are walking hard roads right now. I received this in a card from a friend last year. She combined the NLT, amplified and message for it to read like this. I love the message, it encourages my soul!
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of sympathy, (pity and mercy) and the God who is the source of every comfort, consolation, and encouragement. God of all healing counsel! He comforts us in all our troubles...comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person - we will be able to give them the same comfort, consolation and encouragement that God has given us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah - the more we suffer for Christ the more God will shower us with His comfort. Our hard times are no more so than the good times of His healing comfort - we get a full measure of that too!" 2 Corinthians 1:3-5