Readings: Psalm 80:1-7, Isaiah 66:7-11, Luke 13:31-35
How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! Luke 13:34b

There are few things more compelling than a baby’s tears. We adults are hard-wired to respond to them, so we get up in the middle of the night to nurse a hungry infant or change a wet diaper. We pace the floor with a colicky child on our shoulder, and we hold them when their crying has no obvious cause. We sing to them, even those of us who don’t sing. We do our best to console them, even when they will not be consoled.

I’ve wondered lately if God came as an infant to show us that it’s okay to be loved, rocked to sleep, and held when afraid or sad. If Almighty God was okay with such nurturing, perhaps we can be, too.

Come, Lord Jesus, Come.

2 thoughts on “Console

  1. Donna Eby

    I’ve wondered these same thoughts most of my life and have finally been able to let go and say yes, it’s okay to have the need to be loved and want such nurturing. Yes when there is a hole in your heart and soul it’s only God that can fill it. The world would be a much better place if all of it’s children were to be loved such as this from their birth.


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