Thursday, September 29, 2011

Thankful Thursday: Comfort Food

"As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you." Isaiah 66:13

The youngest daughter of three and many years between my closest sister, great comfort came in times spent at Mother's side. The sweetest times enjoyed baking and licking remnants of chocolate bliss off beaters and spoons and squeezing the extra gooeyness from the Hershey wrappers onto my tongue.

Maybe that's why brownies are one of my favorite comfort foods? Each time I slit open a package of mix and fold in eggs, oil, and water the chocolate perfume  stirs up memories. Sitting on the counter or propped on knees at the formica table helping Mother with dessert and feeling safe, loved.

It's been decades since those counter-top perches illicited brownie comforts. Today, when comfort is needed--far beyond a gulp of chocolate, a hug or kiss a loved one can offer--where do we turn? Who can fill that Mother-comfort space, offer the bliss of safety and love all at once? Our Father. Not the father who offers his name but the one who created our souls. Who better to comfort and speak to our hearts than the One who formed us in our mother's womb?

On this Thankful Thursday, I am so ever grateful for:
  • Being fearfully and wonderfully made in God's image
  • Comforting words from my heavenly Father
  • Enjoying Mother, still
  • Licking batter from the bowl
  • Smelling brownies baking 
What are you grateful for today? Won't you please share with us and help in offering up a pleasing fragrance of praise to God's throne today?

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I know that full well." Psalm 139:13-14

"Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones." Isaiah 49:13

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