Early in Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians he reminds them of the source of comfort.  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.” (2 Corinthians 1:5)  Later in this epistle he lists some of what he had endured; 5 times he received 39 lashes, 3 times beaten with rods, stoned one time, 3 times shipwrecked, and the list goes on.  With all that he went thru, Paul is definitely qualified to give advice about enduring affliction.

Today’s reading: 2 Corinthians 1-3