[forthright] Communion Meditation: The God of All Comfort

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From: "Forthright Magazine" <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2008 20:16:16 -0300
Forthright Magazine
Straight to the Cross

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COLUMN: Communion Meditation

The God of All Comfort
  by J. Randal Matheny

   "Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord
   Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God
   of all comfort, who comforts us in all our
   troubles so that we may be able to comfort
   those experiencing any trouble with the
   comfort with which we ourselves are
   comforted by God." 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NET

Five times. In one long sentence of the opening of 2
Corinthians, Paul uses the noun or verb form of
"comfort" five times.

Perhaps in the previous letter he had written, which
may not have been preserved and would be the "sorrowful
letter" he mentions in 2:4, great pain had been caused
among the Corinthian saints.

Now, after their repentant attitude, he seeks to
comfort them.

What better comfort than to remember that God is the
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ? That Father who sent
his only Son to die in our stead. That Father who heard
his Son call him with his last breath.

At the Cross is our deepest and permanent comfort.

A comfort that finds purpose in suffering, mercy in
pain, a balm for every bruise, strength to break out of
pity and embrace the troubles of our neighbor.

A comfort that smiles before the tears are dry, finds
joy before the throbbing subsides, hears forgiveness in
the agonies of sin, discovers hope in the sobs of
crisis and loss.

Blessed be such a God, who provides us this table, this
bread, this cup, this fellowship, this grace!

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