The God of All Comfort

Psalm 27

One theme on my mind is “losses”. Since my stroke in May 2015, my losses at times have been devastating to me. The loss of my independence—I can’t bathe on my own or get in and out of bed; I haven’t driven a car in 20 months; I can’t get down on the nursery floor at Stonebrook and play with all those beautiful babies. And I can’t run around like a “woman with her hair on fire” anymore (which Brad says is a good thing- Ha ha). Some days are better than others, of course, but many days I grieve my losses. And grieve them again later in the week, even with tears.

At the same time, there is another theme on my mind: comfort. The Lord, the God of all comfort, knows how to comfort us in our trouble and pain (2 Corinthians 1). Psalm 147:3 says he heals the brokenhearted. In all of our trials during this time, the Lord has been so tender and faithful to us. Brad and I find ourselves thinking about and longing for the next world even more, a day when all things broken will be made whole and every tear will be wiped from our eyes. This is hope, hope that sustains and strengthens.

An old favorite of mine from 30+ years ago is still on my mind: Psalm 27:13–14 NASB95- “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.” So we wait… and find strength and courage.