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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.
As any father or mother who truly loves their children would know there are times when the only thing you can do to help is to hold, soothe and comfort them in the best way you know how. So too our heavenly Father through the son Jesus Christ. He is perfectly willing and able to remain present in the worst of our fear and hysteria, rage or anger. Paul here reflects the many times from the Old Testament, those which were “the scriptures” upon which he based his life, specifically Isaiah 40:1Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.2 Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. The comfort we receive from God comes when we are willing to “rest in his arms” just as we did when we were babies and the storms within us subsided until we rested in the trust we ad in our mothers or fathers.