Days after the horrific tragedy in Connecticut, the world reels with questions of how something like this can happen. Sympathy pours out from every corner of the world toward the families of these that lost loved ones. In times of comfort, there really isn’t much to say. Words really are empty when you are the one who is suffering with loss. People are well meaning and want to help, but the uncontrollable feeling of the loss of a child or loved one is way past any platitude or “pat” answer. I’ve always told people who ask, “How can I help or minister to those who are hurting?”, just “be there for them”. Because when all the people go away, all the events of the loss fade, you are just alone. That’s the time when ministry and help can happen.
The Bible has always been a source of comfort for me. Just me, reading, meditating, praying, weeping. God seems so strong and close to me when I am hurting the most. He has always been there for me. If I had the opportunity to talk to or minister to any of these families in Connecticut, first I would utterly be at a loss of words, just seeing that sort of pain, my heart would break, but I guess I would be there to let them know … that they must go on. Life and it’s circumstances certainly are not fair and it seems that the horrendous pain of loss will never go away. But, somehow, someway, one day … we must choose to to move along. Never forgetting. Always affected. We allow ourselves to live again. Today, we weep with those who weep. Tomorrow, we weep as they attempt to put their lives back together. One day, we can rejoice that these horrific days area are past, and there is a brighter day.
Here are a few verses that have always had special meaning to me, when comfort is needed.
He is the healer of the brokenhearted. He is the one who bandages their wounds. Psalm 147:3
Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalms 30:5
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted. He recues those whose spirits are crushed.” Psalm 34:18
“I love you, Lord, You are my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my Savior. My God is my rock in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me and my place of safety. I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and He saved me from my enemies.” Psalm 18:1-3
“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger or threatened with death? No! Despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ who loved us.” Romans 8:35-37
And we know God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” Romans 8:28
“I love the Lord because He hears my voice and prayer for mercy. I will pray as long as I have breath.” Psalm 116:1-2
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all that He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
And He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” Rev. 21:4
He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power. Isaiah 40:29