This Scripture brought comfort in my years of active caretaking for my widowed, ailing Mother. It was a long journey, that included four years in two nursing homes and there were many moments where these words strengthened me to press on. God knew what I was going through and that my faith and hope would remain unshakable. How personal, He grasped me by the hand and I could go on, even if it was only a few minutes at a time.
I am forever grateful for the gift of faith and
When first written Isaiah’s audience was in exile and great suffering. This message of comfort promises God’s forgiveness and infinite power, reminding us of God’s love for Israel and Judah (the two tribes at that time) never weakened. “The Hebrew word for comfort is naham. It is a deeply emotional word, overflowing with feelings of pity and concern. It is a word that often has the meaning of consolation.” (The Bible Reader’s Companion, Laurence O. Richards) How deeply we