I had written previously about catechism resources, and it wasn’t until my mom died and we read the first question and answer from the Heidelberg Catechism corporately at the graveside service that I realized this is what catechisms are for. The theology we have studied for years and years as children and teenagers prepare us for both times of plenty and times of suffering. What IS our only Comfort in life and in death? We need comfort. We need comfort when we experience death. We need comfort when we experience the sufferings of life. Our God provides comfort and guides us to our comforter, Christ, through the Church and His people.
Q. What is your only comfort in life and in death?
A. That I am not my own, but belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.
He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven; in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.
Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.