Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 CSB
COMFORT: My One Word 2021
Last year my one word was simplicity, and I must confess I didn’t get very far with it. But we are definitely making progress on it this year, and I will continue reaching for that goal little by little.
Because I didn’t do so well with my word last year I wasn’t going to have one for this year. Then late in December in a group on Facebook someone asked about the one word 2021. So I began to think about it again.
Before long I had a word that I wasn’t even looking for – comfort. As I continued to think about it, I began to see it often in my reading. Specifically, I thought of God’s comfort, because He has comforted me through the Bible and through friends and family.
GOD’S COMFORT IN GRIEF
Many of you probably know that near the end of 2019, our 29 year old son lost his battle with muscular dystrophy and congestive heart failure. I had experienced grief before in the loss of my parents and grandparents, but the loss of a son was so much worse.
Without God’s comfort that came as I spent time in the Psalms and in prayer, I would have had a much harder time. But He gave me a peace that calmed my soul and enabled me to even find joy as I realized that my son was now with his Savior. And many friends showed much love and care, especially in those first weeks.
COMFORT IN NATURE
It’s comforting to know that the God who created the world also upholds and sustains it. We know that day always follows night, and the seasons change each year just as He planned.
As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night will not cease. Genesis 8:22 CSB
When I get a chance to see a sunrise or a sunset, I am always amazed at the beauty. And I remember our Creator and His great artistry. Even this comforts me as I know this great God also loves and cares for me.
GOD’S COMFORT OVERFLOWS
As I shared my one word with my dear friend, Bettie, she pointed out something I had not thought of. She reminded me that through my writing and art, God’s comfort was flowing through me to bring encouragement to others. And I reminded her of what an encouragement she had also been to me.
As brothers and sisters in Christ, we all can give comfort to each other as we ourselves receive God’s comfort. It’s really an illustration of the verse I shared at the beginning of this post.
In the body of Christ, as we share love and kindness, we are also sharing the comfort and love of God. We remind each other of the hope we find as we trust in the One who created us and died for us.
How about you? Did you choose a word to focus on this year? I have to confess I had forgotten all about my word until I saw the One Word 2021, March linkup at Lisa notes. I’d love to hear from you in the comments.
I’m linking up with: One Word 2021 Linkup – March.