Life Through the Lens: Dependable comfort comes from an old pillow

Kevin Schrapel reflects on a comfortable pillow and a hymn by Horatius Bonar.

This post was contributed by Kevin Schrapel.

The things an old pillow offers – dependable comfort – are things we need throughout our lives, writes Kevin Schrapel. Photo: Kevin Schrapel.

I have my favourite pillow.

It goes on holidays with me.

It is personal.

It knows my shape.

I do not have to hammer it into my shape.

It gives comfort and support.

It is a constant in my life.

Once or twice, Ruth has suggested it is so old it should be thrown out – right!

That is when “selective deafness” kicks in – remember the red shirt?

I think Jesus and his love are a bit like my pillow, only so much better.

I don’t have to pack him when I go on holidays; he always comes along to share in the fun and excitement and give support when needed.

In fact, he comes everywhere I invite him.

I believe it is only when we let Jesus and what he offers to bring to all parts of our lives that we can experience what a difference he can make.

Experience the support he offers when he becomes an intimate fit to my life and your life. 

He is there, offering the comfort that fits when things go wrong.

In 1808 Horatius Bonar was born.

He was to become a leading writer of Christian hymns.

He and his wife Jane had nine children, five of whom died in succession.

Towards the end of their lives, one of their surviving daughters was left a widow with five small children.

She returned to live with her parents. 

Despite the many tragedies, he was still able to pen these famous words:

I heard the voice of Jesus say,

“Come unto me and rest.

Lay down, O weary one, lay down

Your head upon my breast.”

I came to Jesus as I was,  

So weary, worn and sad.

I found in him a resting place,

And he has made me glad.

There are three more verses in this vein, emphasising how close and supportive Horatius found his friend and saviour, Jesus.

Check them out in the video below.

God bless.


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