Charles Schulz penned a Peanuts cartoon where Snoopy sits atop his doghouse wondering “Who comforts the comforter?” I can’t even tell you how many friends have sent that to me over the years.
The first few times I received it, I laughed uncomfortably. They were all emailed or snail-mailed or Facebook messaged with little notes saying things like, “Take time to fill up your own tank, too.” and “Who’s helping YOU through this?”.
The next time or two that this cartoon drifted into my inbox, I sat up and took notice.
It slowly dawned on me that in all of my desire to comfort and encourage others, I had missed how necessary it was to accept comfort for myself!
Although there are sweet friends who have done a lion’s share of comforting over the years, my sole source is God. It is He who stands with me and for me, and never leaves me to stand alone.
It is He who provides the experiences that allow me to then pour comfort out onto others.
And that is a gift.
“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.”
2 Corinthians 1:4 (NLT)
I’m linking up with Lisa-Jo Baker , and all of the writer hearts that join her, for her Five Minute Friday write. The only rules are to write on a one-word prompt that she gives for five minutes and to encourage a couple of other brave souls who have shared as well. If you’re curious what others thought of when they heard the word “comfort”, just click the button below.