by Andrea Renee Cox
One of my neighbors passed away last week. I’ve known him for over 18 years, and the cancer that ravaged his body didn’t take long to do its work, so I’ve been in a state of shock over the last several days. Since my mind has been (and still is) filled with sorrow and condolences for my neighbor’s family, I haven’t been able to concentrate on much of anything in the writing department. Instead of coming up with something on the rush, I’m going to leave you with some Bible verses that have brought me solace through this difficult time.
Note: All references are from the New International Version.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
“As for me, I am in your hands; do with me whatever you think is good and right.”
“Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”
“Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.”
“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
“Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!’”
May you hug those you love a little bit closer this week.
Readers, what verses do you hold on to during times of sorrow and duress?
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