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7 Verses For Grief & Tragedy

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September 5, 2022
Caroline Burk

What do you do when the world moves on?

When faced with a tragedy in life, the immediate aftermath is usually marked by deliveries of hot meals, consistent visits, calls from loved ones, and a flood of support at every turn.

But what happens when that support slowly slips away, when even those closest to us begin to shift their focuses elsewhere, yet you’re still left to live every day with unspeakable hurt?

Look up.

Look up to God; turn your eyes to Him. His presence, love, and protection for you is as real and present as it was on the day tragedy struck. He never forgets. He doesn’t even take His eyes off of you or cringe at your mess. Instead, He sees your hurt, every ounce of it, and He longs to join you in your pain and comfort you.

Think of someone you love so incredibly much. Maybe it’s your child, your spouse, or a dear friend; when you know they’re hurting, doesn’t their pain break your heart too? This is how God feels for us, but on a much bigger scale. His love for us is so intense, and His heart breaks to see us in pain.

You may be mad at Him for what happened. You might have questions. Or you might just be totally and completely numb. Whatever it is, bring it to Him. He can handle it.

Overall, the truth of the matter is that even when the world seems to move on, God never does.

If you feel forgotten or abandoned in your hurt today, this is your reminder that you are anything but forgotten. In fact, the Creator of the universe knows your name and calls you His own. Below are some verses for you to read and carry in your heart whenever you feel alone:

Isaiah 49:15-16 “Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.”

Psalm 34:18 “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”

Joshua 1:9 “I’ve commanded you, haven’t I? Be strong and courageous. Don’t be fearful or discouraged, because the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Psalm 27:10 “For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the LORD will take me in.”

Hebrews 13:5-6 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

Psalm 9:10-11 “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. Sing the praises of the LORD, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done.”

Romans 8:35-39
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

‘For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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