“God of all comfort,who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” – 2 Corinthians 1.3b-4From Toni:
I know it’s Spring and we have had some lovely warm weather recently, but when it’s cold there is nothing better than a mug of hot chocolate to make me feel comforted. There is something about the combination of it being cold outside and putting your hands around a lovely big warm mug of chocolatey yumminess – which smells fabulous and tastes even better – comfort in a moment.
But there is someone who offers greater comfort – God. Whenever we are in trouble or feeling worried, we can turn to God – he is the God of all comfort. It can be hard when we are facing dark times, when we are worried or anxious, to have a sense of peace and comfort. But if we turn to God he can give us comfort, because we know we are not on our own. We know that God is with us always and that should give us comfort, after all he is the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles. I love that – all comfort in all our troubles, no trouble is too big or too small, he is with us always and will give us all the comfort we need.
And what’s more, knowing that comfort enables us to give comfort to others. We can do that in practical ways, caring for those around us, a phone call to someone who is on their own, going shopping for someone who is vulnerable. But more importantly we can do it in sharing the Good News, in talking to people who are not Christians about Jesus, about the comfort we receive in knowing Jesus in our lives as our Lord and Saviour, in how knowing God is with us always gives us a sense of comfort in all our troubles, in ways so much better than a mug of hot chocolate!