Friday, March 8, 2013

Comfort Food

Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

First, middle and last; that’s it for my name. You won’t find Dr., R.N., Ltd. or Esq. attached, but it seems like another sort of “specialty” sometimes applies. It looks like this: G.C., Giver of Comfort.  One can find my degree written in II Corinthians 1:3-7.  I am still in “extension classes,” these last 7 years, with one Professor, that of the Holy Spirit, the TRUE G.C. I don’t remember signing up for this.  What did God see in that “career assessment or life skills test" when I decided to get serious about my purpose?  I’ve learned a lot, felt a lot. I can’t say that I understand a lot, but that’s where trust and the words I highlight in God’s textbook encourage me. I press on. 

Today, 7 years ago, my son’s own Commencement took place. He graduated with the highest degree, one I am naming M.SdF., mustard seed of faith.  His practice is in Heaven.

Gathering comfort food for a basket to take to another mother and father who mourn their oldest son, I thought about my Savior as I made choices.

Bread  (of life).
Grape juice (blood of the lamb), 
Ravioli (He fills us with His mercy).
Marinara sauce (He covers us with Grace)
Parmesan cheese (He sprinkles us with blessings)
Strawberries and bananas (He gives us the Fruit of the Spirit).
Greek Yogurt Pretzels, (The Trinity)
Zucchini and yellow squash – (Power foods, that give strength).
Lemon Cake- (sweet promises of eternity).

This Monday, attending the memorial, I ask God for a refresher course, an extra helping of His Comfort Food, Comfort Food that I can tangibly give and He spiritually provides.  God’s comfort food never runs out. I partake in it daily, for without it, grief emaciates, starves the soul.

Fill me up Lord. Be filled to fill.

Father God, I pray for the God of comfort, to comfort those afflicted with the same comfort in which I have been given. I pray for those in the ravenous ills of cancer, both young and old, for grace and healing, for faith in the Lord, a hope and a future now and for eternity.  Amen. 

Do you need comfort today? Do you crave more joy?  The world will never satisfy. Ask the Lord to help you to see His goodness and let's chat.  


  1. Comforting is something I feel called to do too, even though I never feel worthy or think I have the right words to say. I love your "comfort foods" basket of love. Did you add a note with it, to share your prayer thoughts?

  2. Coleene, your G.C. degree is evident in everything you do and say. May God continue to bless and comfort others through you. You are an inspiration.

  3. Lovely. I know you felt so much pain about your neighbor's losing their son. Wonderful and significant comfort foods you selected to share.