The past several months have led me to contemplate on these verses more than ever before. We have had several relationships in our lives be faced with trial, suffering, pain, sickness, disease, and even death. So how do we, as those who find salvation in Christ, find comfort and be a reflection of comfort to those in such peril times? The words of Paul to the church in Corinth say it oh so well. Paul's prayer for spiritual strength to the saints in Ephesus is also a means to encouraged for times of apparent dispare or trial:
Sometimes the pace is easy, sometimes the pace is wearisome and heavy, sometimes the pace feels impossible. But no matter what kind of race God calls us to, we are never alone; "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live." Jn 14:18-19
And in this race for Christ we have a Helper; "If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you." Jn 14:15-17
Also Jesus tells us we are called to a purpose in this race "to do His work"; Jn 14:12 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father."