There are many days when I cannot talk myself out of sorrow. Moments when I can’t distract my heart from the pain of missing Dominic.
So I don’t try.
Instead I remind myself of the fact that I serve a Suffering Savior.
I follow a Gentle Shepherd. I can trust a Compassionate Father.
I turn to God’s Word to encourage my heart.
Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 MSG
Jesus knows my suffering. He understands my pain.
Yet it was our suffering he carried, our pain and distress, our sick-to-the-soul-ness. We just figured that God had rejected him, that God was the reason he hurt so badly.
Isaiah 53:4 VOICE
God has promised blessing to mourners, He has promised comfort to hurting hearts.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Matthew 5:4 NIV
The LORD will heal my heart-if not here, then in Heaven.
He is the healer of the brokenhearted. He is the one who bandages their wounds.
Psalm 147:3 GW
God will comfort me so that I can comfort others.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble
2 Corinthians 1:3,4
Jesus will not abandon me in my despair. He will uphold me when my own strength is gone.
Don’t be afraid. I am with you. Don’t tremble with fear. I am your God. I will make you strong, as I protect you with my arm and give you victories.
Isaiah 41:10 CEV
My Shepherd is right here with me. He will not leave me alone.
Yea, 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 NKJV
My son is not dead. He is alive with Christ. And he will be raised in the final day.
And regarding the question, friends, that has come up about what happens to those already dead and buried, we don’t want you in the dark any longer. First off, you must not carry on over them like people who have nothing to look forward to, as if the grave were the last word. Since Jesus died and broke loose from the grave, God will most certainly bring back to life those who died in Jesus.
I Thessalonians 4:13,14 MSG
Death has been swallowed up in victory.
The trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. … So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory’
1 Corinthians 15:52,54 NKJV
Every single thing the enemy has stolen, killed or destroyed will be redeemed and restored.
God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away
Revelations 21:4 NKJV