Clouds the color of an erased pencil mark have filled the sky today. It is damp and cool; like the morning after the first strong cold front to announce the transition from summer to fall. A pot of soup is on the stove. It has been a day of comfort…in food, words and the warmth found in a hand-crocheted blanket.
It was given to me before we left for Africa by a dear friend as a reminder of our friendship. I think of her as I wrap it around my arms and nestle down to watch an episode of Little House on the Prairie. Later I add a cup of coffee. This is comfort…
The Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary defines comfort as the state of being physically relaxed and free from pain; the state of having a pleasant life, with everything that you need.
Everything that you need…reminds me of Paul’s words in Philippians 4:19: And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
He has and He is. I find comfort in the word of God.
I open the journal, a departing gift from my co-workers. Its pages are filled with encouraging words to us from our friends and church family. Today I read the words of a special brother in the Lord:
Doug & Debbie,
I just read “If all mankind had been righteous and only one man a sinner, Christ would have come to endure the same cross for this one man. He so loves every individual.–by St. Augustine.
We are blessed to be able to share that message and that love to all mankind. Doug and Debbie don’t get too worried about the right language but trust that the God of all creation can use a child to lead His family to the cross of forgiveness.
Words that bring comfort…