“As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem” (Isaiah 66:13).

You may have read this verse any number of times but the sweetness and the comfort in it never diminish. God, who loves you more than how a mother loves her children, also comforts you like a mother.

A sister who was pregnant went abroad on an official assignment. Since all her family members were in India, there was none to help her at the time of delivery. She witnessed, "I was longing for my mother's love. I was taken to the hospital like an orphan. But even then, God comforted and strengthened me like a mother and blessed me with a normal delivery."

Dear children of God, are you worried that your mother is not by your side to show love and feel like being left as an orphan? Today, God comes near you, places His hand on you with love and says, “Son, daughter, I am with you. I will comfort you like a mother."

It is not possible for the worldly mother to be in support of her children always. The factors like time, distance and period have control over the worldly mother's love. Look at Hagar. Indeed she was a loving mother. When she wandered in the wilderness the water in the leather bag was used up. Her child became thirsty and began to cry inconsolably. Hagar was helpless. Where can she go for water in the wilderness? How could she reply favourably to the weeping child? Any level of comforting could not quench the child's thirst. Is it not?

At that time, she might have looked up to heaven and said, "Lord, save my child by opening some way for him to get quenched. The Scripture says that Hagar lifted her voice and wept. God who is more caring than a mother, heard her voice and showed her a well of water even in that wilderness. He not only comforts you but also stays as one who meets our needs.

The Scripture says, “Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me” (Isaiah 49:15, 16).

Dear children of God, even your father and mother may betray you but our God will never. He will be with you during your times of sorrow, solitude and even when the storm blows hard on you. He will comfort you.

To meditate: “.....who have been upheld by me from birth, who have been carried from the womb: even to your old age, I am He, and even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made and I will bear; even I will carry and will deliver you” (Isaiah 46:3, 4).