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Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
    he restores my soul.

Psalm 23, the Comfort Scripture. I will be using this one Sunday to reverberate comfort in our midst. Surrounded by the national conversation about depression, we need comfort. The afflicted and the non-afflicted—by anything—need comfort. It is a universal human need.

Find a way to be comforted in the next week. Even if you’re action oriented in your tendencies, find a way to feel the cool, gentle breeze of something that makes you feel you’re wrapped in a baby blanket on a warm summer day looking out a bay window at the ocean. This is comforting for me. Find what does the same as a warm blanket.

I find the need for comfort this week in the midst of a national conversation about depression. It’s a necessary conversation, but we also need a reassurance that the world holds things that bring us comfort, ease. The psalms give me comfort, and so does any scripture that brings the peaceful wings of God to my aching and tired body. Find a scripture that gives your body comfort, if this works for you.

Loss is tough. Let’s find comfort that comes in knowing that’s one thing we can rely on from the Lord—comfort.
Joanna



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