dec 23 candle 001My favorite candle

2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

2 Corinthians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of sympathy (pity and mercy) and the God [Who is the Source] of every comfort (consolation and encouragement), Amplified Bible

Too much comfort can be a problem, obviously.
Too much convenience,
too little discipline can cause us to grow complacent,
unready for challenges that come our way.
But there’s a different,
more necessary type of comfort–
the kind of loving care that makes life not only bearable,
but joyful.
And the Bible tells us that God offers us
that kind of comfort in abundance.
Paul calls God the
“Father of compassion and the God of all comfort”
and David says of the Good Shepherd,
“your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4).

It’s not that God is cushiony and coddling.
It’s that He has entered our world and taken on our pain.
Even if He doesn’t take away our hard times.
He promises to stay beside us,
loving us every step of the way.
And that is a very comforting thought.
from A Daybook of Grace

2 Corinthians 1:3-5 All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too.  The Message

dec 23 candle 003My favorite candle in the daylight,
Pineapple Pinecone