Strengthening Comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

And today, as so many of us face our own suffering and tendencies to isolate and mask pain, we will explore an alternative. What could it look like to open ourselves up to God and one another in times of difficulty, receiving the comfort and strength that our souls yearn for? How would it feel to receive empowerment to such a degree that we have reserves to comfort others? And what is the promise when we do?