Comfort is defined as a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint. It is described as the easing or alleviation of a person's feelings of grief or distress. In these days, all of us could use a bit of comfort. Each of us find comfort in different ways. Some find comfort in curling up on the couch with a good book. Others find comfort in prayer and in the study of God’s word. For yet others, comfort is found in a pet resting on a lap, or in the beauty and majesty of nature. In times like these. It is important to find comfort. Whatever you can do to find the most comfort, you should diligently seek it.
As a small child, I remember what it was like to curl up in my mother’s lap as she sat in her favorite chair by the window. This always gave me a sense of amazing comfort, peace and assurance. This provided me with a sense of complete safety that surpassed everything.
As an adult, I have found comfort in the beauty and power of sacred music, in the fellowship of supportive friends, and in the warmth of God’s gleaming sunlight. All of these things calm my spirit in times of trouble. They alleviate my stress and help me to experience a sense of peace. All of us must find comfort, particularly in this season, and likewise, we must strive to bring comfort to others who are dealing with difficulty and distress. Often in bringing comfort to others, we find our own.
I pray for the amazing comforting presence of God’s Holy Spirit to engulf each of you, lifting your every care. I pray that God will grant to each of us in this time, the assurance of God’s amazing presence and power.
In fervent faith,
Rev. Paul Hobson Sadler, Sr, Senior Pastor
Mt. Zion Congregational Church, United Church of Christ
10723 Magnolia Drive
Cleveland, OH 44106