He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Isaiah 53:3a NKJV

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Strange acquaintance for the Son of God! The brightness of glory, and the express image of the Father’s person!


But He came into our world on purpose that He might know by experience all that His people had suffered; yea, all that His people deserved. He had heard of sorrow. He had seen it in others. But He had never felt it Himself. He took our nature. He came into our place.

He began to suffer as soon as He was born, and He pursued a course of suffering until He died. In the sweat of His brow He ate His bread. The reproaches of them that reproached His Father, fell on Him. He became intimate with grief. He knew it in all its varieties, in all its depths. No one ever suffered so much, or from so many causes, or so constantly, as He. He visited joy occasionally, but He dwelt with grief. It was His companion.

Christian, your Lord suffered for you; He suffered like you; He suffered far, far more than you; and now He can sympathise with you. He knows by experience what human nature feels. He knows the effect of grief upon the nerves, and the spirits, and the temper. He suffered from all quarters: from heaven, earth, and hell; and therefore He is able, He is moved, to succour you in all your sorrows, griefs, and woes. – Rev. James Smith. Believer’s Daily Remembrancer 



Reflect, Ponder, and Pray


“Nobody knows how I really feel!” “I wish someone else could understand what I am going through!” “I am all alone in this suffering and who can fathom it?”

These are questions chronically ill folks regularly ask themselves. We yearn to have others in our sphere know what we are experiencing. However, I have found that is impossible. How can I put 30 years of affliction into suitable words? After a while I stopped trying….

That is why this meditation by James Smith is so powerful. He points us to the truth in scripture that our Savior, Jesus Christ, is acquainted with grief and sorrows of every kind. There is nothing on this earth that Christ is not familiar with. That means the unexpressed even secret pain you are feeling today does have someone who understands – someone who “gets it”! That someone is Christ. He is our Suffering Savior “intimate with grief”. We can lay every burden down before Him confident that He understands, that He truly cares about it, and that He can help you through it. What immense joy and comfort is available to us here!


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Acquainted with Grief • Prayer Prompt

by Rev. James Smith with Reflections and Read by Barbara Coleman

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Lead photo – “Used But Useful” and Reflections courtesy: Artist Barbara Coleman. This old boat has clearly been painted many times with various colors. Most of the layers have peeled off but the rope suggests that it is still being used. I was having a hard time physically while I was painting and I often felt like this title…used but still useful!

Barbara has been in ministry with her husband Mike for over 48 years. She has three married sons and 10 grandchildren. Barbara delights in many things including gardening, painting. and sharing the joy of her salvation with others. She leans on the Lord daily to help her cope with 5 chronic illnesses. She is happy…

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