|by Suzie Johnson|
At some point in life, every one of us will experience pain and sorrow. Whether it’s losing a pet, a friend, a beloved family member, or even our health; the sad fact is grief and sorrow are a part of life. Not a pleasant part, by any means, and certainly nothing to trivialize or take lightly. Your pain is your pain and my pain is mine. We all internalize and experience things in different ways and we should never assume our sorrow is greater than another’s.
In spite of our sorrow, tears and loneliness, it doesn’t end there. We don’t have to build walls around our hearts with the hope that we can never be hurt again. There is One who holds us in the palm of His hand. The Bible is filled to overflowing with scriptures that tell us of our Heavenly Father’s desire and longing to wipe away our tears, to fill our hearts with peace, and be our everlasting comfort.
Some scriptures of comfort and hope
16You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by.
17Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning.
18You will be secure, because there is hope;
5For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in his dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.
6Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at His tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.
I, even I, am He who comforts you.
As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.
When the Lord saw her, His heart went out to her and He said, “Don’t cry.”
26But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have said to you.
27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
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.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5
3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 5For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.
The ladies at Inkwell Inspirations know that there are members of the Inkwell, as well as friends and family of members of the Inkwell who are going through a time of sorrow right now. In the name of Jesus, it is my fervent prayer that each of you will feel the peace and comfort of God surrounding you.
Suzie Johnson’s debut novel, No Substitute, a contemporary inspirational novel, will be released by White Rose Press later this year. She is a member of ACFW, RWA, and is the cancer registrar at her local hospital. The mother of a wonderful young man, who makes her proud every day, Suzie lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and naughty little cat. Although the beaches there are rocky instead of sandy, lined with Madrona trees instead of Palm trees, and the surf is much too cold for wading, it is still the perfect spot for writing inspirational fiction. You can visit her blog, Suzie's Writing Place at http://suzieswritingplace.blogspot.com/.