Without further ado.
The COMFORT word:
Harking back to December and Christmas themes, I was impressed with several applications of the COMFORT word.
In the carol, ‘God rest ye merry gentlemen’ the chorus keeps repeating, ‘Tidings of COMFORT and joy’
The opening statement of Handel’s Messiah is ‘COMFORT ye my people, says your God’
There is the Advent story of an old man Simeon (Luke 2) who it is said was ‘waiting for the CONSOLATION of Israel’
On this side of heaven, because of human transgression and its consequences, invariably there are elements of sadness and sorrow in all of our lives, for which we need comfort.
The fragility of life may show up in health concerns, issues of aging; or people can become victims of violence, abuse, and even wars.
We might experience the loss of relationships, and the loss of loved ones.
The little child is covered with a Comforter blanket, which may provide a measure of security.
God Himself is our eventual Comforter, providing the final answer to all of our physical and relational needs, and preparing a new body for His children when the present edition wears out. God the Comforter also provides the only reliable revelation about a meeting time for loved ones who have been separated down here.
I take comfort in the message of COMFORT from the divine Comforter; He knows how much we are in need of His ministrations!