Benjamin West (a painting of his mother--and a great book about him for your children--Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin)
When God wants to comfort Israel through Isaiah to let them understand just how dearly he loves them and how lavishly He will bring about restoration and comfort to them, He who created mothers to be a picture of love, tenderness and comfort, uses this image of Himself to show just how His love will be extended.
“Be joyful with Jerusalem and rejoice for her, all you who love her; Be exceedingly glad with her, all you who mourn over her,
That you may nurse and be satisfied with her comforting breasts, That you may suck and be delighted with her bountiful bosom.”
For thus says the LORD, “Behold, I extend peace to her like a river, And the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream; And you will be nursed, you will be carried on the hip and fondled on the knees.
“As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; And you will be comforted in Jerusalem.”
And so, as a mother who cherishes her child, so God cherishes us, His chosen.
May we know His comforting love today.