IN OUR COMFORTER’S EMBRACE

You are my Comforter in sorrow, my heart is faint within me. – Jeremiah 8:18

There are days in each of our lives when we just need our God to show up as our faithful and tender, kind and compassionate Comforter. We need our Comforter to hold us in His loving embrace. To comfort us with the truth that He is with us and loves us. And that He, as our Comforter and the Sovereign Lord of all time and space and circumstances, will one day make even our sorrow “beautiful in its time” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

This is one of those times for me. There is nothing yet beautiful about the sorrow I feel for another. I have no power to change the sad things that have happened to someone I love very much. I can only pray. I can only love. And even as I try to be a vessel of God’s comfort to this precious one, I, too, desperately cry out for my Comforter to hold me in His loving embrace.

I have no strength of my own. And my heart is faint. It actually hurts.

Yet, I know that God is my Comforter. And God is the Comforter of my precious one. I can’t fake feeling better – I won’t even try. But, I can say in all truth that God is comforting me. God is strengthening me on the inside. Massaging my soul. Quieting me with His love. Holding my mind with His peace. God’s promise of unfailing love and comfort are mine. And yours.

May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant. – Psalm 119:76

I am not alone. None of us are. Not ever. Our Comforter is with us always. “To comfort all who mourn” (Isaiah 61:2). We just need to let ourselves snuggle into – with all of our sadness and sorrow – our Comforter’s loving and powerful, peace-bringing, soul-quieting, heart-healing embrace.

In the embrace of our Comforter, may each of us come to know Him more powerfully and intimately as “the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles” (2 Corinthians 1:3).

In the embrace of our Comforter, may we let God tenderly and mightily strengthen and restore us in our sorrow, so that one day we can “comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1:4).

In the embrace of our Comforter, may we trust God’s loving and faithful promise that there will come a day when “He will wipe every tear from [our] eyes” (Revelation 21:4).

In the embrace of our Comforter, may we put our full hope, even when our hearts are broken, in the astounding transformation – from sorrow to comfort and joy – that our God will bring into our lives in the fullness of time. And it will be beautiful in its time.

Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.   – Jeremiah 31:13