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    Good Morning Family Of God

    Letter 47 December 2, 2020 by Majors Brenda & David Allen

    The snow is like a blanket outside.  It has come to rest, covering over the browns and greens, which lie hidden underneath.  The blanket of snow, with the sunshine glistening on it, is beautiful.

    Speaking of blankets, have you heard about weighted blankets? They seem to be well advertised during these wintry days. It is said that weighted blankets help alleviate insomnia, reducing levels of stress and anxiety, by providing deep pressure stimulation. Weighted blankets are said to bring a measure of comfort that no other blanket can. 

    Because I had read about weighted blankets not long before heading to sleep, I wondered, as I drifted off, whether they truly work. Thinking about blankets and comfort my mind also turned to a known greater question about comfort and where comfort comes from.  Answering this question, I determined, also adds to a more abundant and restful sleep.

    The question is one that circulates throughout the Christian church.  It is found in what is known as a catechism. Catechism is not a common word.  A catechism is a teaching tool which is used especially for oral instruction.  This explains why catechisms are set up in a question and answer format.  When you read, it's like you are with a teacher asking the question, and then, as the student, you give the answer. The first question in what is known as the Heidelberg Catechism is:

    What is your only comfort in life and death? 

    The answer comes:

    “That I am not my own,

    but belong with body and soul,

    both in life and in death,

    to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ.”

    There is something that blankets us with rest when we hold onto this truth. It covers with a truth that is not found in an earthly provision. Is this your comfort?  One verse of scripture that explains how this blanket of comfort becomes ours is found in Romans 14:7-9.

    For none of us lives for himself and none dies for himself.  If we live, we live for the Lord; if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For this reason Christ died and returned to life, so that he may be the Lord of both the dead and the living.” 

    With Christmas around the corner, we can know the good news of comfort that came, as Jesus entered our world. May the words of this carol, blanket us with comfort, as we sing them together.

    God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

    1. God rest you merry, gentlemen,
    let nothing you dismay,
    remember Christ our Savior
    was born on Christmas day,
    to save us all from Satan's pow'r
    when we were gone astray;

    O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy,
    O tidings of comfort and joy.

    2. From God our heav'nly Father,
    a blessed angel came;
    and unto certain shepherds
    brought tidings of the same:
    how that in Bethlehem was born
    the son of God by name,

    O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy,
    O tidings of comfort and joy.

    3. "Fear not, then," said the angel,
    "let nothing you affright;
    this day is born a Savior
    of a pure virgin bright,
    to free all those who trust in him
    from Satan's pow'r and might."

    O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy,
    O tidings of comfort and joy.

    4. The shepherds at those tidings
    rejoiced much in mind,
    and left their flocks a-feeding,
    in tempest, storm, and wind,
    and went to Bethlehem straightway,
    the Son of God to find.

    O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy,
    O tidings of comfort and joy.

    God of all comfort, by covering over the shame and sin in our lives you join our lives with yours.  This covering offers a profound and unique comfort, granting rest in the deepest part of our being. Blanketed with the truth that we belong to you, we trust you to care for us today, and for eternity. Take from us those thoughts and habits which resist this great comfort offered by you the living, present God. AMEN

    With care and in prayer,


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