Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Cry of Our Harried Hearts

"'Comfort, comfort my people,' says your God." - Isaiah 40:1

Comfort is a billion-dollar industry.  Mattresses go by the name of Select Comfort.  A successful hotel chain bears the name, Comfort Suites.  At the end of a hard day, we don't sit down with celery, we reach for comfort food.  Comfort is the cry of our harried hearts... a cry the world has a crafty way of answering. 

Counterfeit comfort comes in a host of different shapes and sizes: a purchase, a vacation, a pill.
But true comfort is the gift of God, a promise of presence commended to us by a curious name...
The Comforter.

Jesus Christ, God-With-Us, walked this earth.
"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd." (Matthew 9:36)

His people were hurting, heartbroken and heavy-laden.
Isaiah was commissioned to carry them comfort.
Jesus had compassion on them.

Our world is home to countless hurting, heartbroken and heavy-laden teens.
Their parents shoulder their burdens and suffer right along with them.
How do we faithfully answer the call to carry them comfort?


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