God of­fers com­fort to all

The Covington News - - Religion -

“All praise to God, the Fa­ther of our Lord Je­sus Christ. God is our mer­ci­ful fa­ther and the source of all com­fort. He com­forts us in all our trou­bles so that we can com­fort oth­ers. When they are trou­bled, we will be able to give them the same com­fort God has given us. For the more we suf­fer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his com­fort through Christ” 2 Corinthi­ans 1:3-5 (NLT).

Af­ter my mother died, I found a shoe­box in her closet. Cu­ri­ous, I opened it won­der­ing what she might have owned of archive value. In­side were old Ko­daks of her seven chil­dren she had birthed over a twenty-year span. As I found my way to the bot­tom of old post­cards and let­ters, news­pa­per clip­pings from the “At­lanta Jour­nal Con­sti­tu­tion” caught my eye.

Tak­ing care not to tear the aged ar­ti­cles, I be­gan to read. There was a tale about her great aunt who ex­cused her­self while she gath­ered enough corn to grind into flour to make bread for un­ex­pected guests. A story, ac­com­pa­nied by an artist’s ren­di­tion of the fam­ily car do­ing a bal­anc­ing act on the old At­lanta High­way, de­scribed their as­ton­ish­ment to see the back tire glide serenely past their car win­dow. A nar­ra­tive told how a host of mi­grat­ing birds en­joyed their an­nual feast of red berries, leav­ing her best tree void of color. Lastly, and I’m guess­ing her fa­vorite, was the story of my then twoyear-old brother with her best Pyrex dish perched on his head as he joined the other Por­terdale neigh­bor­hood chil­dren as they cre­ated their own back­yard fash­ion show.

Af­ter sur­viv­ing years of liv­ing in poverty with an abu­sive hus­band, who would have ever thought that she could au­thor th­ese finds? I’m pic­tur­ing her as she read her sto­ries in print. How they must have spo­ken life to her trou­bled heart. She was paid a sum of fifty cents for each ar­ti­cle. While I’m sure that seemed like gold to her, the true re­ward was ac­com­plish­ing some­thing that no one could ever take from her — a com­fort — a gift from God — an ex­pres­sion of words . Prayer for the Day: Dear Lord, you are the God of all com­fort who seeks us out even in our hid­ing places.

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