Like Momma

           For some of us it was Momma; for some, it was Grandma, Big Mama, or Granny; for others it was that favorite aunt. Whoever that mother figure happened to be, no matter how old we get, we enjoy remembering snuggling with and being hugged by her. I loved leaning against my mother’s soft shoulder and having her pull me close. She could say, “Don’t worry about it,” and kiss bumps and bruises, and actually making everything feel better. It was magic.

           We grow up, we move away, and sometimes long distances separate us from our mothers. In my case, my mother has moved on to Glory and, all things being equal, I probably won’t see her again for a while yet. Although I have the sweet memories of her care and tender hugs, I miss her actual voice and touch.

           If you are far from your mom or in the same situation I’m in, at times when we’re in need of a mother’s love, we can rely on our God. “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you,” says Isaiah 66:13 (NKJ). The word “comfort” here is the Hebrew word “nacham” which means “to sigh, to be sorry, [and] in a favorable sense, to pity and console.” God pulls us close, tells us not to worry about it, sighs along with our pain, kisses our bumps and bruises, pities, and consoles us.

          Just like Momma.


©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at Also, periodically check in at to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on November 2, 2011.

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