“That was the thing. You never get used to it, the idea of someone being gone. Just when you think it’s reconciled, accepted, someone points it out to you, and it just hits you all over again, that shocking.” – Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever
The passage cuts right through to the heart of the one who was left behind. They are never really over it and will never be. From the moment they’re told that their loved one is dead, (or they witnessed it with their own eyes), the idea doesn’t really sink in that deep until ten (10) years later. The acceptance is as hard as trying to sleep on a bed of thorns. Though on the first few days, you barely listen to anyone other than your own silence, comforting words from anyone help you get through the day.
Which source can give you the most powerful words for comfort and strength than the Bible. Now is the perfect time to have your Bible as your pillar of strength. Since the book of Psalms contain the richest songs of praises, healing and comfort, why don’t you start from there. The following are one of the many Bible verses you may find helpful:
Psalm 23:4 Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. (NLT)
Psalm 94:19 When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.
Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the broken hearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed. (NLT)
Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.
Psalm 61:2 From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety.
Psalm 30:5 Weeping may last the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning. (NASB)
Isaiah 25:8 The Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces.. (NKJV)
Psalm 48:14 For this God is our God forever and ever, He will be our guide even to the end.
Revelation 21:4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes.
John 14:1 Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.
Here’s a mantra you may want to utter when despair goes visiting, “My inner strength is amazing and that will carry me through”. This positive affirmation will surely get you going day by day.