Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for… Isaiah 40:1-2
Our hearts long for comfort at Christmas.
I remember the comfort of waking up one Christmas as a child and finding it had snowed three feet during the night, creating a wall in front of our door and downing electric lines. I opened my first Christmas gift that day to find a warm flannel shirt woven in blue and red. Although we had no electricity that Christmas and the gifts were few and humble, I can’t remember a brighter and more comforting childhood Christmas morning.
This longing for comfort is a longing for God.
Since the first lie separated the first man and woman from intimate fellowship with their Creator, mankind has longed to be reunited. To rest in the comfort of being known, being valued, regardless of merit.
We are known by our Creator God, the God who had a plan when the lie rooted in the hearts of man in Eden. A plan to come to us as Redeemer at Christmastime, to whisper that our hard service has been completed. Our sin has been paid for. We can walk with God again, hand in hand, no separation between us and His love. That is true comfort.
Lord, I want to know the real comfort of Christmas. Help me take your hand, leaving behind all that separates me from you. Amen.