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 power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

From God our Heavenly 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

Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas
All other doth deface.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy


Isaiah 51:1-3

“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness,
    you who seek the Lord:
look to the rock from which you were hewn,
    and to the quarry from which you were dug.
Look to Abraham your father
    and to Sarah who bore you;
for he was but one when I called him,
    that I might bless him and multiply him.
For the Lord comforts Zion;
    he comforts all her waste places
and makes her wilderness like Eden,
    her desert like the garden of the Lord;
joy and gladness will be found in her,
    thanksgiving and the voice of song.”

Comfort is something we readily associate with Christmas. Comforting presents, comforting traditions, comforting drinks! But the kind of comfort that is being brought by God is not to make you comfortable, but instead to bring you peace. It is not so you may have no worries or concerns, but so you may have peace in the midst of those circumstances. He is not comforting us to make us snug but because we are in pain. We are grieving. This life brings with it anguish and loss. It is the comfort of consolation. It is the comfort of identification with our pain. Nothing affirms the human experience like Jesus being born as human.

FATHER bring Your peace to our lives. In loss and anguish would You be our comfort and our joy!

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