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Comfort and Joy

December 5, 2011

     Tidings of comfort and joy.   Today on Facebook I learned of another mother’s loss.  A high school friend had lost her son.  As I prayed for God to bring her comfort I became overwhelmed with the great need for comfort in our world.  Oh the sadness and struggles that fill the souls of those around us.  This Christmas give the gift of comfort and joy.

     Once again to present the gift of comfort it is vital that we seek the source of all comfort.  As we submit and walk IN Him we will then have something to offer.  God is the one who knows the hearts of men.  He is the one who is privy to the deepest recesses of each heart.  It is He who can lead us, guide us and reveal to us the sorrows and needs all around us.  It is then His strength that enables us to come along side those in need of comfort.

     We alone cannot bear the weight of the world.  The sorrow out there is great.  But through Him we can be an instrument of comfort and joy.

     It will take the first gift of noticing.  You will need to slow down and truly see mankind.  I think of the phrase on the Statue of Liberty, the huddled masses.  They are all around us.  They are in the store and in our churches.  They are even in our homes.

     The prerequisite for comfort is compassion.  We need to care.  I will confess there have been many times I did not care.  The cares of this world had so defeated me, I had nothing to offer.  If we allow our lives to so overwhelm us, the world will be filled with nothing but broken souls and no one to help lift the weary masses.  If you lack compassion then something MUST go.  You yourself are in great need of comfort and the best way to receive is to give.

     Do not wait to comfort others until you yourself are comforted, for it is in giving that we receive.  Ask God to show you someone who needs the comfort that you can offer.  Ask Him how you can bring joy.

     This Christmas let it be said of us that we spread comfort and joy wherever our footsteps went.  Comfort is a true gift that will keep on giving.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Noah J. Cicalo permalink
    December 5, 2011 9:08 am

    I’d say most of us struggle with this one. We got so many THINGS to care about we fail to see how many PEOPLE need us to care 🙂 Once again, Debbie, your blog has given me something to think about!

  2. Jared :) permalink
    December 5, 2011 10:59 am

    This is really good. Sometimes is easy to just wait around for somebody to give you compassion, but if everybody just waited instead of giving it, then nobody would get compassion and we would be stuck in an endless cycle of depression.

  3. December 6, 2011 3:48 pm

    Debbie each time I read your blog. i am blessed by what I read. To think about what is really right in this life is good. Today I felt like I was just resting in the mist of all the knowledge of the things that can be wrong in this life; just because we took the time to be with the little girls. Giving of ourselves is the best gift any one can ever have. You give so much out to others Debbie and you are loved by doing so. Thank you for giving to me. Jody

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