December 7, 2010, Second Tuesday in Advent
Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God the Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing that you do and say.
There is nothing that I find more relaxing after a long day than sitting in my favorite chair, turning on the television, and watching ESPN for a few hours. Even if my favorite team is not playing, there is likely some contest that will allow me to rest from the demands of the day and bring me comfort.
You, too, probably have that favorite thing that brings you comfort. Maybe it is drinking a cup of coffee out of your favorite mug. Maybe it is going for a walk. Or maybe just taking a good nap. These are all great ways of rest that would bring any of us comfort and joy.
But, sadly, the comfort is only for a moment. Eventually, the demands of the day will return. That moment of rest and comfort that we found will vanish.
Paul’s words, here, gives us hope of a lasting comfort – a comfort that never fades. That comfort is found in Christ. We can place our comfort knowing that Christ walked where we walked. He felt what it was like to be human, and experienced the emotions of hurt, pain, and rejection, while also experiencing love, laughter, and friendship. We are comforted knowing that through the Holy Spirit, Christ is with us still today.
We do not go through this life along. Christ is there with us as our guide, as our support, as our comfort. In Christ’s love, we experience the comfort of God’s presence and faithfulness.
May the comfort of Christ’s love be an encouragement for us today.
Lord, You are comfort. May we rest in your arms and feel your warmth this day. Amen.