February 25, 2019
While I’m writing today, a pot of Swedish meatball soup is simmering on my stove and amazing smells are filling the house. Outside, the snow keeps falling with enough wind to threaten possibly a blizzard and definitely low wind chill factors later tonight.
The idea of “comfort food” is often shared in our culture, often in a critical way because unnecessary pounds can be the result of carb- and calorie-laden poor choices. However, food can bring comfort, especially if it appeals to the senses in the way the soup is appealing and if it warms us at a time when our surroundings or our feelings are cold.
One story I love to tell and retell is the one about our former neighbors who showed up on my doorstep one evening. It was a dark December evening not long after our son died and my husband had returned to the ranch camp where he works, and I was weighed down with the chill of grief and hopelessness.
But with a knock on the door there they were, bringing with them a pot of homemade turkey noodle soup and a loaf of homemade bread and asking me if they could join me for supper. Of course, they brought with them not only the warm, nurturing food but also their warm, nurturing friendship, all of which I needed so much.
What I am sharing on this icy day is that we need to seek comfort in whatever form answers our needs. Of course, caution is needed so that comfort is not in a form which can be damaging; for example, momentary comfort may seem to be found in drinking or drugs or temporary relationships, but that sort of comfort will never last or truly meet our needs.
If you are joining me in “walking at the speed of Light,” then you are seeking comfort in the most wholesome way possible, comfort from the Lord who promises comfort, healing and hope throughout His ministry and then promises us the ultimate comfort of eternal life with Him. No more pain, no more suffering, no more tears – ultimate comfort.
So imagine yourself joining me in an aromatic, tasty bowl of soup and then truly join me in loving the Lord of comfort, Light and Life.
I just want to continue to share ideas about grief and life with people who long as I do for comfort and understanding.