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Real Comfort Food

 

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2 Corinthians 1:3,4- “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

 

Sometimes I watch the Food Channel. The subject a few nights ago was “Comfort Food.” 

This food was aptly named in that it provides consolation or a feeling of well-being. It is typically any food with a high sugar or other carbohydrate content and associated with childhood or home cooking. It provides a nostalgic or sentimental value which may be specific to an individual, or culture.

Other things in life, such as bedspreads (comforters), pillows, cozy slippers, certain books/music, weather, and even colors offer a measure of well-being. As a Hospice volunteer, I have what is called a comfort bag stocked with restful CD’s, lotion and lavender scents that can be used during my visits. 

Human touch, the sound of a loved-one’s voice, and well-intended words bring comfort in certain circumstances.

In the scripture above, we are reminded that God is the “God of All Comfort,” offering us a deep sense of peace and a release from the worries and cares of our lives here on earth. His comfort—unlike others which only offer a measure of well-being—is deep and lasting.

Comfort from food is temporary, but words such as those in 2 Corinthians offer hope and peace each time we read them. When accompanied by prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit (also known as “The Comforter”) God’s Word gives lasting comfort.

Words of comfort—from the God of All Comfort—are given to us so that we may, in turn, may encourage others.

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