"Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee. I, even I, am He who comforts you..." ~ Isaiah 51:11b-12a
When things are going wrong, where do we turn?
As so many have said, He has not promised us an easy life, but He has promised to be with us through it all.
Thankfully, for some it seems to feel like tides are beginning to turn.
2020 is behind us, we're more than a month into 2021, and for some I'm sensing optimism.
For some, the cold front that just came through has turned their plumbing system into a leaky sieve and they're wondering what next, while shaking their fist at the power company, at the heavens, at whomever they can find.
I spoke with someone the other day... in their family, everyone has a brand new challenge with which to contend, on top of all of the same old challenges.
When I sat down to "speak" with you today, all I kept hearing was... God is our comfort.
Thank You, God. Thank You, God. Thank You, God.
My Grandmother had a cousin who was an atheist through and through, both she and her husband. Two of my favorite people in the world.
One of my best and happiest memories with my mother, grandmother, and great aunt was taking these two beautiful humans out to lunch... but, that's a story for another time, if I can find the photo someday. :) Point being, whenever Grandma would speak to me about these two glorious humans, her prevailing thought was, "I just don't know how they do it. Thank God we have our God."
I'm relatively sure she meant she didn't know how they could walk through the trials and challenges of this world without the comfort of the Creator, without the yoke of the Savior to ease our burdens.
I have to say, I'm with her on that.
He is our Hope. He is our Light. He is our Strength. He is our Comfort. He is our Peace.
When I have a challenging day, if I didn't have my Abba Father to look up and gaze upon, sometimes it feels like it would just be too much.
Thank God, for the still small voice that dwells within and gives us comfort.
Thank God, for the Good Book, where we can always reach out to find His story, His words, His guidance, and the tales of other equally flawed humans walking through times just as hard or worse, in whom He reveled, whom He adored, because they were walking with Him.
Thank God, for their example.
Thank God, for His children and His people who are there. Sometimes we have to ask, but sometimes they just offer... a prayer, a hug, a moment of communal worship. But, they're there, and I give thanks for each and every single one.
These are all gifts He has given us.
Thank God, most of all, for prayer... in the way of tools at our disposal.
Prayer is an extraordinary, exceptional, precious gift. It is immediate and direct access to the Divine, and I would suggest it's something we could all do more of.
I'll simply speak for myself I suppose and say, yes, Heavenly Father, thank You for drawing me nearer and nearer and nearer in prayer, day by day.
Thank You, Heavenly Father, Our Comforter, Thank You, that Your mercies are new each morning.
Thank You, for filling us with Living Water, for renewing us and filling us again and again, moment by moment, breath by breath.
Thank You, for refining us.
And, thank You, for guarding and guiding us as You do.
Thank You, that none of this human experience is wasted.
Thank You, for using it all to Your good. Thank You, for being such a sweet Father, and for restoring our joy.
Thank You, for helping us to remember, always, to look up and set our hearts on You.
Thank You, for protecting us, providing for us, guarding and guiding us; thank You for showing us the Way.
In Your most Holy Names we pray, Amen.
"Blessed be 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 Corinthians 1:3-4
"And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever ... " ~ John 14:16
"Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who by grace has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good word and deed." ~ 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
Do not let your hearts be troubled...
May the Good Lord bless you and keep you, friends... always, in all ways. Amen.
Bonus song of praise... ♥
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