I was just realizing how many of my recent writings are about “love” and at first thought “I need to write about something else.” Then I read some email and there were some from friends expressing encouragement to me. There was one from a tired and overworked priest friend who had little time for chat due to the HUGE amount of work awaiting him . . . work. Do you think of the word “work” when you think of a priest? I’m laughing because when I was young I didn’t connect that. I thought of work and doing what you love and are called to as unique concepts. Not true. We should love what we do. There’s that word again. It’s still work though. Anyway, my priest friend took a moment from his tiring full day to drop me a quick line. He will be working on his sermon and many other things . . . sermons – regardless of what we hear in words, the main idea is love.
I’ve been writing notes for a group of people going to Cursillo – a retreat. The notes are meant to be a few words of love and meant to bring them light, joy, peace . . . I found as I was writing them that I do love these people. I’ve not met most of them. We’re told to love our neighbor as ourselves, as Christians. If you overthink it, that sounds hard. I can overthink things, but I’m working on reforming, and surrendering that weakness is the plan. So, I was thinking . . . how can we love our neighbor if we don’t truly love ourselves? How can we love ourselves if we don’t truly grasp our Lord’s love for us? He lives in us and thus it’s all interconnected.
I find that when the pressures of this earthly life weigh me down, I don’t feel His love as I should, I don’t love myself as I should and I for sure don’t reflect that love to my neighbors as I should. Lately I have realized this because there has been such an abundance of His love coming my way through quiet time with the Lord, through the encouragement of friends and acquaintances, and through virtual strangers. I’ve been so lifted up by this. I’ve been comforted by it. I also looked to the Bible for words on this love . . . this comfort.
In the book of Ecclesiastes 4:1 I found these words “Again I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun: I saw the tears of the oppressed— and they have no comforter; power was on the side of their oppressors— and they have no comforter.” Wow. How dreadful it must be to have no comforter.
Looking for more, I found “O my Comforter in sorrow, my heart is faint within me.” in Jeremiah, 8:17-19. We do have a comforter and when we seek Him, we are loved. We are comforted. Is the need for comfort a sign of weakness? Is this weakness a thing to hide? Friends, we ARE weak and He is strong. We grow stronger IN HIM as we lay aside our own foolish ways and seek Him as our all in all. We are only truly strong when we surrender to Him and willingly become His vessel.
Paul writes “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort” in 2 Corinthians 1:2-4 Then the ultimate words of love and comfort in Thessalonians 2:12
“encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.”
So, as I face the window and realize I need to weather another storm, fear doesn’t hold me back. My Comforter is with me. He is with you as well. Rest in Him in all you do. Get comfortable!