On the Comforter

ImageOur power was off for over an hour earlier tonight, normally it is no big deal you just wait it out, but I have two mentally ill dogs that are afraid of any change, the great big Lab needed a Benedryl to calm her and P’nut needed to be held and comforted. The other person that needed some extra comfort was my mother and it was my son-in-law Giles that lit a candle, gave her an ice cream cone and sat with her simply talking quietly until the lights flickered back on. Comfort comes to us all in different ways, what image does the word “comforter” bring to your mind? Is it a soft, fluffy, cover that goes on your bed? When I was a little girl there was a big, soft, pink, satiny one that was on my bed and it was one of my favorite things. I covered my head at night to hide from the dark, I pulled it across two chairs in the day time to make myself a little playhouse, a place to take my doll and my two small porcelain dogs, one white, one black, and play for hours. I was so sad when my mother deemed it as too old and worn to move with us when we left China Grove, NC to move to Daisy, Tenn. Maybe you had a comforter that a group of ladies made on a large loom at a “quilting party”. I remember sitting underneath the loom with a friend and looking up at all the stitches and patterns from the bottom, listening to the ladies talk (gossip) about everything and everyone. Did you stop short of the word comforter with comfort? The term “comfort food” refers to foods consumed to achieve some level of improved emotional status, whether to relieve negative psychological affect or to increase positive. More generally, comfort food can be defined as food that brings some form or measure of comfort, sense of well-being, or easy satisfaction. OK, all that aside, a comforter can be a friend, someone who takes your hand or puts an arm around your shoulder in a time of trouble, and just like the comfort food, will relieve negative feelings and improve your emotions. There have been times I have been a comforter, other times I have been comforted. I heard a song today that brought that feeling of comfort to me, the Voices of Lee singing “Let the Comforter take over right now, He’s the holy One Who gives us strength and power from above, Let the Comforter take over right now and the peace He’ll bring will anoint our hearts to sing Alleluia once again.” Oh I cannot tell you what hearing those words sung in that beautiful harmony did for me, it was like a soothing balm on a wound. In this case the Comforter is the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit of God that comes into you and dwells with you forever. John 14:15-17 “If you love me, show it by doing what I’ve told you. I will talk to the Father, and he’ll provide you another Friend (Comforter) so that you will always have someone with you. This Friend is the Spirit of Truth. The godless world can’t take him in because it doesn’t have eyes to see him, doesn’t know what to look for. But you know him already because he has been staying with you, and will even be in you! Vs 25-27  “I’m telling you these things while I’m still living with you. The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you. I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught.”  He came into my life in a time when I was heart-broken and didn’t think I wanted to live. I didn’t even have to invite Him in, He simply saw me laying across my bed, crying, and took pity on me, He came to me and comforted me in such a beautiful way that I was able to carry on and He has been with me every day since. He is a best friend that never leaves you or “un-friends” you on your Social Media page!

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