As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you… Isaiah 66:13
Comfort is a lovely word. A warm word. I imagine comfort like a warm blanket shielding me from the cold. Comfort is the touch of a mother’s hand on a fevered brow.
Growing up in our family comfort was many times practical and extended when there was a need. A warm washcloth washing our feet after we were already in bed, mending a torn item, rubbing our aching legs, praying over a hurt. Mom had the gifts of mercy and service. Her love language was definitely acts of service. She was a natural born caregiver and was in her element when ministering to the need of someone else.
Even after the Alzheimer’s slowed her down she still had that instinct to comfort others. Not too long before she passed away I was staying with my parents for a few days. Mom and I were sitting on the couch side by side. My arm was aching as it does so often with the MCTD, she reached over and rubbed my arm. She sensed my discomfort and wanted to take care of me. It was a sweet gesture. Sometimes she would come near and pat my head, partly because she needed physical touch but also because she wanted to provide comfort. That was what she knew to do.
How many times over the past few weeks have I wished for one more pat on the head, one more arm rub, one more hug, one more time to sit side by side on the couch and feel her warmth. The last Sunday before we took her to Hospice on Monday, she had been sitting on the back porch with my Dad. I looked out the door and she was leaning over on his shoulder napping peacefully. It was a beautiful picture of love and comfort.
In our deepest hurt scripture tells us that just as a mother comforts her child, so God will comfort us. I’m holding to that promise these days more than ever.
Grace for the journey
PS: My Mom was the heart of our home. Click here to read a poem and tribute I shared a few years ago on Mother’s Day.
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