There are no words of healing that I can give. No gestures of comfort that will make anything better. I can just be there and pray. That is all I have to give. The peace that passes all understanding will descend where Christ is present. There is comfort in that knowledge. I have no idea how those that don't know Christ make it through the tragedies of this world. He is my only lifeline and hope in the midst of the heartbreaking news that bombards us day in and day out.
His words of comfort and peace and promise are what keep me going. Today my eyes continue to fill with tears as I pray for my friends that are saying goodbyes, for those facing giants that won't be slain this side of eternity, and for the saints that are suffering in His name around the world as I type these words. His words are what I need to read, write on my heart and fill my mind. His words that remind me that I mourn and weep and feel out of sorts because this is not my home. This sorrow and grief is not what we are meant to know.
"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." Psalm 23: 4 (NIV84)
"YOU are my hiding place; YOU will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance." Psalm 32:7 (NIV84)
"But I call to GOD and the LORD saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress and HE hears my voice." Psalm 55:16-17 (NIV84)
"Because YOU are my help I sing in the shadow of YOUR wings. My soul clings to YOU; YOUR right hand upholds me." Psalm 63:7-8 (NIV84)
"Though YOU have made me see troubles, many and bitter, YOU will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth YOU will again bring me up. YOU will increase my honor and comfort me once again." Psalm 71:20-21 (NIV84)
"Know that the LORD is GOD. It is HE who made us, and we are HIS; we are HIS people, the sheep of HIS pasture." Psalm 100:3 (NIV84)
"I wait for the LORD, my soul waits and in HIS word I put my hope." Psalm 130:5 (NIV84)
"Praise be to the GOD and FATHER of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, the FATHER of compassion and GOD of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from GOD. For just as the sufferings of CHRIST flow over into our lives, so also through CHRIST our comfort overflows."
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (NIV84)
"Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those that fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that JESUS died and rose again and so we believe that GOD will bring with JESUS those who have fallen asleep in HIM." 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 (NIV84)
"I have told you these things, so that in ME you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33 (NIV84)
"I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of GOD is with men, and HE will live with them. They will be HIS people, and GOD himself will be with them and be their GOD. HE will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." Revelation 21:3-4 (NIV84)