A friend told this story in Bible class one Sunday in 1991. While walking around his neighborhood he noticed a woman come out of her house and begin to put up her flag. He knew her next door neighbors were in Florida.
He said "Hello," and asked, "When will your neighbors return?
She replied in a whisper he couldn't hear, so he walked up the driveway. The woman apologized for not being able to speak louder and said with a grief-stricken voice,
“I lost my husband yesterday. He always loved to have the flag up, so she I’m putting it up.”
He helped her raise the flag. He learned they had been married for 45 years. He figured her husband was a veteran.
When he continued his walk he was surprised by tears rolling down his cheeks. He hoped his presence and help raising the flag comforted her. The class prayed for the God of all comfort to comfort her.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” 2 Cor. 1:3-4