This passage from Isaiah is one of the things I look forward to every Advent. The word of comfort and the thought of God speaking tenderly to an oft rebellious lot, added to the fact that; “He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep” Does me a world of good.
This time of year with emotions, expectations, and stress running high, I need the comfort of God’s guiding hand, the gentleness of God’s leading through as I wander and wonder through the wildernesses of my own making.
I took this picture of the container of “Heavy Duty” Mayonnaise someone found in the church kitchen. I have no idea where it came from or for what it was used. Shoot I didn’t even know there was “Heavy Duty” mayo, but I think I like it! Mayo is often one of those ingredients in comfort food. Things like deviled eggs, tuna salad, or just a good turkey sandwich. Comfort foods are comforting not so much because of the calories or the ingredients, but the memories and the comforts we associate with them.
This passage comforts me because I am reminded that when we feel lost and alone, when we have wandered off course either intentionally or unintentionally, and forgotten God, God does not forget us. During Advent we remember that in Jesus God comes to us to search us out to save us, to bring us comfort and remind us of the “Heavy Duty” love God has for his children.