Scarf (by D.A. Cobb)

I received a beautiful gray scarf as a Christmas present. It was given to me by a valued friend and will always be cherished and remain a part of my cold weather attire. Some have suggested wearing this garment makes me look like a college professor or at least a thoughtful eccentric. If anything, I would prefer to be seen as the stereotype aspiring and reflective author. This is especially true when I remove my winter coat but leave the scarf still draped around my shoulders. Maybe I should start smoking a pipe.

The reason I wear a scarf is to cover my neck. At my age I will wear almost anything that keeps me warm during these frigid months of winter. During this time of year my fireplace is always roaring and I even wear a robe to keep comfortable and snug.

Sometimes I feel like David as I read the first sentence in the book of Kings,

“When King David was old and well advanced in years,

he could not keep warm even when they put covers over him.”

Kings 1:1

All this revolves around external comfort but what about the desire we have for the internal?

We need look no further than Paul’s writing to the church in Corinth,

“Praise be to the God and Father

of our Lord Jesus Christ,

the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.”

2 Corinthians 1:3

What comforting words passing from generation to generation giving assurance of God’s everlasting mercy and grace. His promise to us is eternal and His love for us is unconditional.  We receive these gifts by faith and they remain for as long as we stay in communion with Him.

In the beginning we found this yearning for comfort and warmth in a mother’s womb. In the end we will find it in the arms of the One we call Father.

1 Corinthians 8:6

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