Who is Menna?

Lent day 10

3 v 31 “the son of Menna”

His name is also spelt Menan according to the RSV and it means comforting or consoling.

We wake today to the news of ‘Deadly mass shootings in mosques of New Zealand’. Our prayers are for the families that “…the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort …” may be with them today. (2 Corinthians 1)

We know this verse I am sure: “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counsellor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever” It is the Amplified version of John 14:6.

Isn’t it wonderful to see the understanding of the role of comforting the Holy Spirit plays in our lives?!

When you are at your lowest and no one is there, He is.

Some lessons about being comforted:

  1. You must receive comfort into your life. Unlike Rachel who refused because of her deep loss (Matthew 2:18).
  2. The kingdom, the rule and influence of God belongs to those who mourn or as the Message puts it ‘when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you’ it is then that God ‘becomes most dear to you’ (Matthew 5).
  3. Be careful who you allow to comfort you because some are more strokers of dead things than raisers of hope (John 11:19).
  4. Trust opens the door to comfort (John 14).
  5. Comfort is a new sound that is needed through the Church to the community (1 Corinthians 14:3)
  6. Turning up is sometimes enough (2 Corinthians 7:6).

When Harry Lauder, the great Scottish comedian, received word that his son had been killed in France, he said, “In a time like this, there are three courses open to man: He may give way to despair and become bitter. He may endeavour to drown his sorrow in drink or in a life of wickedness. Or he may turn to God.”

If your heart is broken today, if you are feeling overwhelmed beyond measure then here He is, Jesus, sending the comforter, the Advocate.

Menna is yours today.

 

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