Isaiah 66:12-13  For this is what the Lord says: "I will extend peace to her like a river, and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream; you will nurse and be carried on her arm and dandled on her knees. As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem."

Our first memories are often connected with our mother. It was she in whose presence we felt safe and comforted. Her hug could cure most ills. Her singing voice assured us of her presence and made our lives music. All was well.

"Mother Jerusalem" is the city in whose presence God's people find comfort and safety. We are nursed there and carried by her and we play on her lap. All is well with us and with the world.

"The Lord says, 'As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.'" The strong, mighty Lord compares Himself to a mother. With tender love He calls us back to Himself when we stray.

But beware lest we ignore His call! "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing" (Luke 13:34). We can misunderstand the motherly love of God and believe that it is smothering us and keeping us from being ourselves. But as He opens our ears to answer His call, we know once more that life is full only when it is lived in the comfort of our God.
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