Grief is not an easy thing to feel. We shy away from it, away from this thing that is hurting us. I am not an expert on dealing with grief, by any stretch of the imagination. When you are grieving over the loss of a loved one, you’re never truly going to get over it but by the grace of God, we are able to get through it. As painful as it is to go through, times of grief are when we are best equipped to see God’s truth and promises come to life.
Since December 2013, I have lost five close family members. On Christmas Day in 2013, I lost my dad’s sister to ovarian cancer. Two weeks later in January 2014, we lost my dad’s brother to liver cancer. In September 2015, we lost my maternal grandmother on a Thursday morning and less than 48 hours later, on the same day as my grandmother’s funeral, we lost my mom’s youngest sister to a heart attack. This week, on January 20th we lost my paternal grandmother as well.
Two years ago, I didn’t know what it was like to grieve. I didn’t know what it was like to feel the pain of knowing that I wouldn’t be creating new memories with these special people in my life. Two years ago, I did not know what it meant to praise God in the midst of sorrow. And I certainly didn’t know what it would feel like to rely on God’s strength, rather than attempting to do it all myself.
During this season of loss and grief that my family and I have found ourselves in, there have been ten bible verses that I have found myself repeatedly coming back to and drawing strength and encouragement from. I pray that they might also bring some comfort and peace to you when you need it most.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end // Ecclesiastes 3:11
But he said to me “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness // 2 Corinthians 12:9
For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort // 2 Corinthians 1:5-7
But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress // Psalm 59:16
My comfort in my suffering is this, your promise preserves my life // Psalm 119:50
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world // John 16:33
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. // Romans 8:26
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” // Psalm 91:2
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” // Isaiah 12:2
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffer produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” // Romans 5:3-5