December 18th Advent Daily Devotional

God’s Comfort

Jennifer Boyd

Isaiah 40:1-11

It’s all about comfort.  If something is not comfortable, I want no part of it.  This is true not just for the clothes I put on, but the situations I find myself in.  When faced with a difficult situation, my innate tendency is to go the other way.

Yet these uncomfortable times in our lives are not so easily avoided as much as we may try to dwell in our own realm of denial.  They may not just be a matter of dis-ease or dis-comfort but the harsh reality of sickness, estrangement, injustice, and sorrow in our lives and world.

The people of Israel faced the ongoing and often harsh discomfort of exile and promises deferred.  Hope was waning with the withering of the grasses and flowers of the field. Their future was uncertain.

It is into the dis-ease of our lives and our world that the prophet proclaims “comfort, O comfort my people, says your God’.  This is not the comfort of “don’t worry, be happy” or a warm blanket.  This is the comfort of trusting that God has not deserted us, that all those seemingly insurmountable mountains and rough places are within God’s purview to overcome.

The power of God is revealed in an infant, in the Christ-child who is born to bring the true comfort of peace and grace into our world.  This is a comfort founded in hope and promise.  This is a comfort that reassures and strengthens us for lives lived in peace.  It is the promise of new life birthed out of the labor pains of life.

 

God of grace, we offer up the people, the places and the situations in our lives and world that are in need of your comfort.  We name before you those in our own thoughts….may your peace pervade their lives and bring them the true comfort that is found only in you.  Amen. 

Pastor Jennifer Boyd is the pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Brewster, NY) who recently marked 25 years of ordained ministry.

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