An Ode to Comfort this Love Month

North Georgia creek

North Georgia creek

COMFORT: Where is it found?

Webster’s defines the enviable state as being “free from worry, pain, or trouble.” It is what we humans seek from the time we are born until we die. Having it brings joy; losing it causes pain; and searching for it creates anxiousness.

We look for comfort all the time and everywhere. If you don’t believe me, do a simple poll of the ads you see, hear, and/or read in one hour. How many are related to finding love, finding the perfect diet, or finding a miracle drug that can produce both?!?

But the secret is this: comfort comes from the inside. It’s a feeling we get when things are good. Cube steak, macaroni and cheese, baked sweet potatoes, and turnip greens taste like comfort. A nuzzle from  our pup feels like comfort. Hearing “I love you” sounds like comfort.

My love month wish is that we will discover comfort as much as we can — right there inside ourselves; and once we find it, that we will share it with those we love and with those we encounter daily.

Here’s my own ode to comfort penned a very long time ago.


When God spoke to me,
I did not hear a sound
But the water washing clean
The creek bed ground.
When God spoke to me,
There was no one in sight
But I felt a presence
In a shaft of sunlight
That dried my tears,
Warmed my heart,
And reached down deep
To the darkest part
Of my sleeping soul that awoke to hear
“I am God and forever near.”
When God spoke to me,
I did not hear a sound.
But the water washing clean
The creek bed ground.

About Pam Avery Printed

I graduated from the University of Georgia in 1972 with a major in journalism (public relations) and a minor in business (marketing). My experience for the last 40 years includes working in the corporate world (banking), the newspaper industry (advertising design and sales), owning and selling a restaurant, restoring and utilizing several old buildings on the property, teaching private dance and drama lessons for 20 years, free-lance writing for a national textile firm, publishing two children’s books, and ghost writing a book. My last tour of duty before beginning the current chapter was working as a reporter, photographer, and columnist for five weekly community newspapers. And now I writing at Columbus State University in Columbus Ga. I consider myself very fortunate--I get to be around intelligent, energetic and enthusiastic young people. What a joy. I believe the written word is one of the most powerful tools known to humankind. And now we have the ability to reach millions with a simple click of the mouse. Wow.
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4 Responses to An Ode to Comfort this Love Month

  1. Jan Pylant says:

    Ah! That’s a good one! Thanks for sending..

  2. Thanks…hope to see you guys Friday evening at “Taste of PM”…

  3. Judy Jenks says:

    Thank you for sharing those thoughts and the beautiful ode. You are the best!

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