Yesterday, I was tossing around ideas as to the next blog posts and kept circling back to grief and mourning in response to many who’s suffering escalates during the holidays. I have been dismissing this direction all week feeling an inadequacy that anything I say would make a difference—but, God. I concluded this would be today’s direction, tucking it away as Saturday’s post.
Returning home from errands, I was driving through a particularly affluent area and enjoying the beautiful old homes and established neighborhoods. All the while my mind began to build memories and thoughts of my personal experiences in preparation for this post. As my mind returned to times in my life of mourning, it wasn’t a recollection of the experience but mourning itself visited.
The best description I have of mourning is a gripping, strong parasitic monster that affixes itself to ones chest and forcibly squeezes and pressures our contents, thus prohibiting us to live and breathe and walk other than to function under it’s dominion. This hardness restricts ones rhythmic breathing to be laborious and darkness is our boundaries. Christmas is restricted from entering. We remain enclosed in our capsule and the world scuffles on.
Never could I have anticipated the tragedy of yesterday when the Connecticut grade school massacre would usher in grief and mourning in bulk and unload it on our Nation. We share in mourning and grief as our hearts extend to the families and community of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
I have extracted a list of scripture composed at http://hopefaithprayer.com/ that speak His Word in this day. The bible encourages us, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” In Romans 12:21.
Lord we pray strength to the Connecticut families and overwhelming Peace, Harmony and Love to flood into their lives and enable kindness and good will to have victory. Overcome this evil by Your Spirit. Forever Faithful God, we call on You. In Jesus Precious Name, Amen.
Psalm 34:18 – The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. New Living Translation
Psalms 31:9 – O’ Lord have mercy on me in my anguish. My eyes are red from weeping; my health is broken from sorrow.
Psalms 147:3 – He heals the broken heartened, binding up their wounds.
Matthew 5:4 – Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be comforted.
John 14:27 – I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give is not fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
John 14:18 – No, I will not abandon you or leave you as orphans in the storm-I will come to you.
Psalm 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble.
Psalms 30:5b – Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning.
John 16:33 – I have told you these things so that you will have peace of heart and mind, Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows, but cheer up, for I have overcome the world,
Proverbs 3:6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
1 Thessalonians 4:13 – Brothers we don’t want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep: or to grieve like the rest of men who have no hope.
2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17 – May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting comfort and hope which we don’t deserve, comfort your hearts with all comfort, and help you in every good thing you say and do.
Isaiah 49:13b – For the Lord hath comforted His people, and will have mercy on His afflicted.
Jeremiah 31:13 – I will turn their mourning into gladness. I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
2 Corinthians1: 3-4 – What a wonderful God we have-He is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the one who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials.
Ecclesiastes3: 1-4 – To every thing there is a season, a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, a time to die, a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal, a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance
Psalm 25:16-18 – Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged. bring me out of my distresses. Look upon my afflictions and my trouble, and forgive my sins.
Psalm 23:4 – Even 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.
John 14:1-3 – Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. in My Father’s house are many mansions
Exodus3: 7 – Then the Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying and am concerned about their sufferings.
1 Samuel 1:15-17 – Hannah had a sorrowful spirit and poured out her soul unto the Lord……and God answered her petition.
2 Samuel 18:32-33 and 2 Samuel 19 – King David mourned over the death of his son Absalom and cried out to God.
Psalms 22:24 – For He has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; He has not hidden His face from him but has listened to his cry for help.
John 11:33-35 – When Jesus saw her weeping ….He groaned in spirit and was troubled. “Where have you lain him?” Jesus asked. They said unto Him, “Come and see.” Jesus wept.