As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you…
Do you have this childhood winter memory? You know the one where you're playing outside in the snow? Your clothes get all wet and frozen. Your ankles and wrists are numb from the snow that snuck inside your snowsuit. You run inside, and your mom peels off your frozen layers, wraps you in a cozy blanket, and places you next to a fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate. Now that's comfort!
The word comfort means "to give strength or staying power," or "to soothe in time of affliction or distress." Who in your world needs strength or staying power? Do you need comfort? God can be your comfort in the cold and biting weather of life. God's love, sent through the promises of his Word, is a blanket of hope. Much like a warm quilt, there's a piece of God's Word to wrap your heart in when today's winds blow cold.
"The light of God surrounds me,
The love of God enfolds me,
The power of God protects me,
The Presence of God watches over me,
Wherever I am, God is."
- Prayer card
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.