How do you define comfort? Is it determined by the clothes you wear? For me, that would be Supersized t-shirts, sweatpants, and fuzzy socks. Or maybe you have a special "comfort" food. For some, it might be chocolate, I prefer loaded Pizza or as my grandson would say, " your nachos are the BEST!" We are grateful for the comfort of warm homes, transportation and the many day to day things we take for granted. Sometimes comfort can even be as trivial as back to back touchdowns scored by your favorite football team...just saying...

On Sunday we celebrated All Saints' Day. I truly believe there wasn't a dry eye throughout our Service gatherings. Celebrating the warmth, kindness and sharing special memories of our loved ones does bring comfort. I could see it in the eyes of those who shared their journey. In the recent past weeks I have seen dear friends in need of comfort. Whether it be due to loss of job, anxieties over children's path, battling an illness or chronic pain, sudden loss of a loved one, or spending the final days at the bedside of a loved one...We are in need of solace. It is something everyone wants to have in life. Peace of mind, relief from worry, and to possess contentment and inner calm is our desire.

No matter what our ideas of comfort might look like or our attempts in consoling others, we as Believers know that our true comfort is found in God's Word. In the Bible, God is the author of comfort ( 2 Corinthians 1:3). Jesus Christ is our comforter, and intercessor ( 2 Corinthians 1:3-7). The Holy Spirit is the Counselor sent by the Father, in Jesus' name to be our comforter (John 14:25-27). Regardless of our life experiences, we have the assurance in knowing that as a child of God, we are in His arms. A favorite Psalm of many, Psalm 23 tells us that no matter what we walk through, we should fear no evil for God is with us to comfort and provide a dwelling place in the House of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 uses the word comfort, ten times ( depending on the translation used). Please take a moment to read and focus on this scripture. Yes, right now...go find your Bible or Google it!!(or even easier, click on the link above.) The God of ALL COMFORT, not just one or two situations, but of ALL distress. Today, please take to heart and share the Gospel of God's comfort with another. A hug, kind word, or sharing silent sitting...shine the light of God's comfort and peace with those in your life.

Matthew 11:28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Jesus invites us to seek Him and receive comfort in His Word. Today we share our prayers for God's peace and comfort for the Jensen family. We are assured that Bev Jensen, our sister in Christ, is singing ( and maybe dancing) in heaven with her Lord & Savior! 

Linda Culberson

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