Daily Devotion – December 2, 2017
Isaiah 40:1
Comfort, O comfort my people,
says your God.
Reflection by Janet Derby

As I head into a second (and in some ways, third) season of Advent which speaks more to me of a need for hope than a state of joy, these words are heartening. Advent, for all of us, can be a mix of emotions, including anticipation, stress, sorrow, and delight. During those times when we struggle, God sends comfort in many ways. It comes in memories, in reaching out to others, and in the support of people who share our concerns and love us. Sometimes the most difficult aspect to feeling comfort is that we are unaware of its availability. This Advent season, perhaps we can all open our lives to the lights in the darkness around us and be comforted.

Comforting God, thank you for all the ways you help us when we are down. Help us to be aware of those and to provide comfort for those around us. Amen.


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