When we are children and we need comfort - we typically run to our mothers. They pull us to them, wrap their arms around us and let us sob into their shoulder--providing us with the comfort that we so desperately needed. As we grow up and time goes on - our need for comfort doesn't change, but the source from where we receive it often does. Even as adults, we still need someone to occasionally tell us that, 'Everything is going to be ok.' Some turn to vacations, spa days, food... what about God? Our Great God is a God of Comfort, and in the New Testament, there is a man who is known as a Son of Comfort, or Son of Encouragement. He was described by Luke in the book of Acts as a good man, full of the Holy Spirit... his name was Barnabas. What lessons can we learn from the life of Barnabas that can be applied to our lives in the modern era of the Church today. How can we learn from Barnabas' example and become Sons and Daughters of Comfort? How can we look at those who have come before us in the faith, honoring their example and going forward to live our lives accordingly?
(Given the Sabbath of the Celebration of Life for John W. Cafourek)