Grace and peace be unto you.
A Word of Encouragement…
Although we know that life culminates in death, the passing of a loved one is oftentimes received with pain and sorrow. There are regrets about missed opportunities and sadness regarding special moments that will not occur again in this life. Still yet, there is a void that cannot be filled by another human being. Jesus understands our loss and wants us to mourn adequately, cherish the memories, and enjoy our lives. These verses will help you deal with the loss of your loved one.
1. “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). God is ready to help those who are in despair.
2. “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14). We will see our loved ones again after the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
3. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction…” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). Jesus knows where we hurt the most, why we are hurting, and how to heal our pain. He gives us assurance and strength to live each moment.
4. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27). Embracing the peace of Jesus will help us to process and accept the death of our loved one in a timely manner.
5. “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). We will leave this earth one day. Hence, we are to consider the shortness of life and serve the Lord.
6. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints” (Psalm 116:15). We are created for God’s glory and have a time frame to fulfill his plan. When his plan is accomplished, he takes us home. He takes pleasure in having us home with him.
7. “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29).
When we lose a loved one, we tend to ask many questions such as Why Lord? Could I have done something to prevent the death? Did he know how much I love him? God is aware of our questions but he will not answer all of them. He will keep some information to himself for reasons known only to him. Hence, we will never receive answers to all of our questions.
8. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5). God can help us find closure, that is, accept the loss and unanswered questions. Trusting him wholeheartedly will help us achieve this goal.
9. “There is a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance” (Ecclesiastes 3:4). Recognizing the seasons in our lives and responding to them appropriately will help us go through them successfully.
10. “Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases” (Psalm 115:3). God is Sovereign, he creates and takes life.
11. “…Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30:5). The pain and sorrow will pass, be patient and allow the grieving process to take place. You will return to your new normal way of life.
12. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). Worry does not help us find the solution to our pain, hence we should practice not to worry. Giving our pain to God and praising him is the best route to take. He is the greatest problem solver.
13. “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). When we give our burdens to the Lord, he gives us the strength, wisdom, and other necessary resources to bear our trial; our God is faithful.
14. “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7). We have the Holy Spirit who will empower us to face the unknown. He will help us to manage our fears.
15. “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). God gives rest from our pain and sorrow.
16. It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:8). God directs our paths; we are not alone.
17. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-23). God’s love surrounds us and his mercies are always available.
18. “This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life” (Psalm 119:50). The Word of God consoles us in our trials.
19. Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10). God’s presence is with us.
20. “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him” (Nahum 1:7). The Lord’s lovingkindness will never end; he will help those who seek his face.