May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed! He is the compassionate Father and God of all comfort. He’s the one who comforts us in all our trouble so that we can comfort other people who are in every kind of trouble. We offer the same comfort that we ourselves received from God. That is because we receive so much comfort through Christ in the same way that we share so many of Christ’s sufferings. So if we have trouble, it is to bring you comfort and salvation. If we are comforted, it is to bring you comfort from the experience of endurance while you go through the same sufferings that we also suffer. Our hope for you is certain, because we know that as you are partners in suffering, so also you are partners in comfort.
2 Corinthians 1:3-7
O Blessed One, you whose voice calls us to the sacred path of the pilgrim, we wish to seek you with all our heart. Yet, we are often half-hearted in that desire when we realize the cost of such a quest.
Our well-ordered and comfortable lives are at stake when we invite you in. We fear we may lose what we hold dear. Hold us as we tremble because we want to know you more fully; help us to embrace the awesome implications of inviting you into our lives.
Engage us in the ageless truth that if we seek your kingdom first, seek to be fully possessed by you, everything we need shall be given and contentment shall be ours. #ACoBAmen
*This audio #BlessedBreak features 4 year-old Marylynne singing along with “Standing in the Need of Prayer,” performed by Mutual Kumquat on their “Let it Be Revealed” album. She had learned the song in Sunday School and was so excited to join in when it came on in the car! The prayer is adapted from Edward Hays.
#BlessedBreak is a video devotional that offers readers a quick respite for spiritual sustenance. Keep an eye on ACoB’s online sites for more of this digital sanctuary.