Comfort (and Joy)

Sunday, January 29, 2017



January arrived as a difficult month for many.  

I have had several friends, family members, and acquaintances on my mind as they wrestle with "quiet desperation."  

Over the holidays I focused on a few simple words from carol verses, and one of the most meaningful words was "comfort."

Aren't we all in need of comfort?  

"Joy" is another concept that seems far off for those going through dark times.  But we can hope for joy, which will arrive only after comfort has perfected its healing work.

My wish for you today is that you find comfort, even in uncertain and turbulent times.

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There is a Balm in Gilead

Sometimes I feel discouraged and think my work’s in vain,
But then the Holy Spirit revives my soul again.
There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin-sick soul.

 - Spiritual, sung by Jessye Norman and Kathleen Battle


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