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Today’s Reading: Job 29: 2, 2 Corinthians 12:10
How sad to see an acquaintance, who was always healthy and full of energy, suddenly afflicted by a physical or emotional adversity! An illness, or an accident, can transform our lives from one moment to another, leaving us paralyzed.

This was what happened to Job. Before long, he went from being rich, esteemed and full of honors, to poor, lonely and ill, sitting on a pile of ashes.

Many of us can make our own the words of Job, “Oh that I were as in the months of old, as in the days when God watched over me!”

The paralytic recalls the days when he could walk, and even run. The deaf remembers the days when he was moved to hear glorious music. The blind man remembers the beauty of the faces of his loved ones.

It is in the hour of adversity and despair that God can comfort us. Through salvation in Jesus Christ, we know that the power is perfected in weakness.

One who receives God’s comfort can say, “When I am weak, then I am strong.” Christ has a special grace reserved for each of those who come to Him in the time of adversity.

Ildefonso Torres