Finding Comfort While Mourning And Experiencing Grief And Loss In These Perilous Times

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Finding Comfort While Mourning And Experiencing Grief And Loss In These Perilous Times.


One particularly chilly Autumn morning I woke up to the sad news of the untimely death of my cousin. It was around the season there was a mass shooting first in a Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  and later in Thousand Oaks, California. This was soon followed by widespread fires across California that destroyed many homes and left thousands of people homeless and many dead.


As I lay in bed while reading the chilling messages that flowed in from various relatives detailing my cousin brother’s death, I felt numb and had just one thought running through my mind. These are the perilous times the Bible was speaking about. The perilous times are here. Jesus please hold onto us and save us because we won’t manage without you. Lord we are living in the perilous times you spoke about please save us.


As I lay still trying to wrap my mind around the events that were happening, I could feel pain course through my heart as I mourned the loss of my cousin. The grief was so overwhelming that getting out of bed that morning was a chore. Somehow I couldn’t comprehend it all.


The world felt cold, dark, confusing, unsafe and very lonely. I felt like I needed a place to hide. So, I just kept murmuring, ‘Jesus please hide me. You are the rock that is higher than me. Please hold me. You are my only comfort right now.’


And Jesus heard. I felt this warmth seep through as I found strength to finally make it out of bed, make the necessary phone calls and pray with the rest of the family as funeral and burial arrangements were made.


My cousin was a young man in his early twenties who had recently got a great job and was starting to enjoy life. The previous day, he had been well. After going to work that day, he retired home. The next day, he didn’t make it to work. So one of his work colleagues went to his house to find out what was happening since he wasn’t responding to his calls. Unfortunately, he found my cousin brother, dead. He had apparently passed away in his sleep. He went suddenly. With no warning. It was very shocking and jarring. Indeed death does come like a thief in the night.


It hurt so bad because there were no farewells. No goodbyes. No see you laters. Life is unpredictable. We are here today and gone tomorrow. We shouldn’t take life for granted and we should learn to value and appreciate each day that Jesus gives us. While we might not know what tomorrow holds, we know who holds tomorrow. Jesus Christ is a sure foundation we can cling to and hold onto in these perilous and dark times. Jesus is a sure source of comfort for our grief and loss in these difficult days. We can trust Jesus however dark the situation might be because he never fails.


Bible Verse:


I will love You, O Lord, my strength. 2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies. 4 The pangs of death surrounded me, And the floods of ungodliness made me afraid. 5 The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me; The snares of death confronted me. 6 In my distress I called upon the Lord, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.

Psalms 18:1-6

He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.
17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, From those who hated me,
For they were too strong for me. 18 They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But the Lord was my support. 19 He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me. 20 The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.

Psalms 18:16-20

The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted. 47 It is God who avenges me, And subdues the peoples under me; 48 He delivers me from my enemies. You also lift me up above those who rise against me; You have delivered me from the violent man. 49 Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the Gentiles, And sing praises to Your name.

Psalms 18:46-49


My prayer:


That Jesus will help us number our days because we don’t know the day or the hour. Our hearts can be stilled at any moment. Tomorrow is not promised anyone. I pray we live our lives for Jesus so that we shall receive the crown of glory at the end. Let’s live for the glory of God. To bring honor to his name. And I pray for all those who are grieving the loss of a loved one today. I pray that Jesus will mend your broken heart. I pray Jesus visits to offer you comfort and strength. I pray he can give you praise for heaviness. That your grief will be turned to gratitude and worship. It’s tough to worship when we are hurting but I pray Jesus gives us the grace to. Jesus please heal our grief. In Jesus’s name I have prayed.
Amen.



Hannah


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Slaying Giants – Achieving Peace And Victory By Facing Your Troubles

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Slaying Giants – Achieving Peace And Victory By Facing Your Troubles.


For one reason or another, though I love peace there are just some people I rub the wrong way. Truth is the number of people I irk exceeds those I don’t. Most people can’t stand me. Sometimes I can give off the craziest vibes ever. Not everyone will understand you. It’s not their duty to.


A few times, I will ask some people to give me peace. Some do and some don’t. Some people have unfriended me and closed me out of their lives.
I have done the same. It’s life. No one is perfect. We are mortals.
We shall find people we can get along with and we shall find those we can’t get along with.


It’s just the truth. Heck, if Cain could kill his own brother Abel and Jacob could take away his own Twin’s (Esau) supposed birth right then what about strangers and friends made along life’s journey?

Despite the glaring differences between me and other mortals, I’m generally a peace loving person who will not go out of her way to start trouble or war. I try to stay away from conflict and avoid it as much as possible.


Sometimes giving peace to another person, means pushing them away so they can have an opportunity to find who they truly are. Healing comes in various forms. 

Peace is not a passive, quiet thing like some mistakenly assume. It’s a palpable entity. It’s choosing to fight tyranny, bullies, evil and hate so that love, joy, peace, righteousness have an opportunity to flourish. 


So, what happens when the tables are turned?
What happens when it’s you causing chaos and not giving other’s peace?
What happens when someone says, “Don’t touch!” And you go right ahead, not only to touch but to also take?
What happens when people warn you about things but instead of heeding their warnings, you do the opposite?


What makes some people that maddening and troublesome?
Well, folks, some of you might not believe it but it’s the stuff FAITH is made of.

In fact, it sounds like a typical Bible story. The well-known story of David and Goliath quickly comes to mind.


Small, young David facing off with the great and experienced giant Goliath. David who was looked down on by even his own family.


When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”
29 “Now what have I done?” said David. “Can’t I even speak?”

1 Samuel 17:28-29

Everyone, filled with terror and fear, including King Saul seems bent on discouraging David on his pursuit to defeat the mighty Goliath and bring peace and righteousness to the land.


David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”
33 Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”

1 Samuel 17:32-33

When the people, realize that they won’t be able to change David’s mind, they try to edit and change him. An example is King Saul trying to dress David in his own tunic and armor.


Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.

1 Samuel 17:38-39

Instead of wearing, King Saul’s fancy garments, David chose to be humble. He chose to stay true, original and authentic.


“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.

1 Samuel 17:39-40

Long story short, David defeated Goliath with a sling and a stone and no fancy swords, armor or battle gear.


Do you have a challenge in your life today? Are you facing insurmountable odds? Are the pressures so pressing and hard?
Do you feel so small, unworthy and insignificant?
Is everything and everyone around you falling into chaos and out of whack?


Well, how about doing what David did? How about trusting God instead of mortals? How about putting your Faith in a sure God, Jesus Christ and slaying some giants instead of cowering in fear?


David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.

1 Samuel 17:45-46


Jules



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To Give Them Beauty For Ashes – Comfort Bible Verses

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  1. Are you seeking comfort?
  2. Are you facing an uncertain future?
  3. Are you filled with anguish and despair?
  4. Are you scared about what tomorrow holds?
  5. Are you going through troubled times?
  6. Are you worried of tough circumstances?
  7. Is adversity knocking at your door?
  8. Is life difficult?
  9. Is calamity calling your name?
  10. Is your situation unbearable?
  11. Is grief filling your soul?
  12. Is chaos surrounding you?


If you answered yes to any of the above questions, I’m writing to let you know that:



  1. Jesus can give you the comfort you desperately seek.
  2. Jesus is in control of the future.
  3. Jesus is steadfast and sure anchor of Hope.
  4. Jesus holds tomorrow in his hands.
  5. Jesus went through troubled times and he conquered so he can help you conquer.
  6. Jesus has the ability to take our worries away if we allow him to.
  7. Send Jesus to the door when adversity knocks.
  8. Give Jesus your life filled with difficulties and watch him give you a new life.
  9. Call the name of Jesus when calamity calls your name.
  10. Take your unbearable situation to Jesus and he will make it better.
  11. Ask Jesus to turn the broken pieces of your grief filled soul into wholeness.
  12. Request Jesus to cover you with his precious blood and a wall of fire filled with his presence so that the chaos around doesn’t touch you.


I have listed a number of verses from the Bible that you can read and mediate on. As you fill your mind, soul, heart and spirit with God’s word, you will feel the comfort only Jesus can provide. The word of God is very powerful and it’s able to break down any uncertainties, troubles, difficulties and adversities.



“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
3 To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

Isaiah 61:1-3



Remember the word to Your servant,
Upon which You have caused me to hope.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction,
For Your word has given me life.

Psalms 119:49-50



“Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance,
And the young men and the old, together;
For I will turn their mourning to joy,
Will comfort them,
And make them rejoice rather than sorrow.
14 I will satiate the soul of the priests with abundance,
And My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, says the Lord.”

Jeremiah 31:13-14



You, who have shown me great and severe troubles,
Shall revive me again,
And bring me up again from the depths of the earth.
21 You shall increase my greatness,
And comfort me on every side.
22 Also with the lute I will praise You—
And Your faithfulness, O my God!
To You I will sing with the harp,
O Holy One of Israel.

Psalms 71:20-22



For the Lord will comfort Zion,
He will comfort all her waste places;
He will make her wilderness like Eden,
And her desert like the garden of the Lord;
Joy and gladness will be found in it,
Thanksgiving-and-gratitude-in-empowering-you-to-live-a-healthier-life/">Thanksgiving and the voice of melody.

Isaiah 51:3



I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are right,
And that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.
76 Let, I pray, Your merciful kindness be for my comfort,
According to Your word to Your servant.
77 Let Your tender mercies come to me, that I may live;
For Your law is my delight.

Psalms 119:75-77



‘Therefore thus says the Lord:
“I am returning to Jerusalem with mercy;
My house shall be built in it,” says the Lord of hosts,
“And a surveyor’s line shall be stretched out over Jerusalem.” ’
17 “Again proclaim, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts:
“My cities shall again spread out through prosperity;
The Lord will again comfort Zion,
And will again choose Jerusalem.”

Zechariah 1:16-17



As one whom his mother comforts,
So I will comfort you;
And you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”

Isaiah 66:13



“Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
Will bring her into the wilderness,
And speak comfort to her.
15 I will give her her vineyards from there,
And the Valley of Achor as a door of hope;
She shall sing there,
As in the days of her youth,
As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.
16 “And it shall be, in that day,”
Says the Lord,
“That you will call Me ‘My Husband,’
And no longer call Me ‘My Master,’

Hosea 2:14-16



Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.

Psalms 23:4-6



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