“It takes great wisdom to comfort a broken heart. If any of you have ever tried it, I am sure you have not found it an easy task. I have given much of my life to this work; and I always come away from a desponding one with a consciousness of my own inability to comfort the heart-broken and cast-down.
Only God can do it. Blessed be His name that He has arranged that one Person of the Sacred Trinity should undertake this office of Comforter; for no man could ever perform its duties. We might as well hope to be the Saviour as to be the Comforter of the heart-broken.
Efficiently and completely to save or to comfort must be a work divine. That is why the Holy Divine Spirit, healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds with infinite power and unfailing skill.”
–Charles H. Spurgeon, “Christ’s Hospital: A Sermon on Psalm 147:3,” originally published in Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 38 (1892), http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/2260.htm (accessed 9 October 2008).