These bible verses about grief will not take the ache away but these truths will speak life into the dry places and will be salve for your wounded soul. Scripture is God breathed truth and will help bring solace and healing into the hurting and broken places in the wake of loss and grief.
The Ugly Truth About Grief & Loss
Let me ask you, have you ever ridden on an out of control rollercoaster; backwards, upside down and blind folded?
Thank goodness my kids have not taken me on anything like that…YET; however, there are many days where my life feels A LOT like that kind of ride!
You see, on April 7th 2019, I lost my mom to Glioblastoma Brain Cancer after a five year journey. So, you can say that my grief is raw and fresh! I often have trouble putting the experience into words. And for someone who is so PASSIONATE about the written word and uses words to express just about EVERYTHING…it’s really frustrating when the words don’t come!
Grief is hard and it hurts…A LOT! Grieving is a natural and very necessary part of life when you experience a personal loss. There is nothing comfortable or easy about loss and grief. Loss is extremely personal and so is the grief that goes along with it. Grief is painful. It is a process that requires patience, empathy, presence, unconditional love, copious amounts of grace and limitless mercy!
Grief is not a problem with a solution; rather it is a deep process to experience.
There is no magic pill or quick fix to make the pain disappear. We live in a society that is very uncomfortable with grief and often tries to cover it up, sweep it under the rug or ignore it altogether. Sadly, we don’t know what to do, say or how to show up for ourselves or others who are experiencing grief.
Unfortunately, the way grief is often dealt with is by not dealing with it at all.
Or, we put these ridiculous labels and unrealistic expectations on the process or the people experiencing the grief.
As someone who is up to my eyeballs in heart-wrenching grief, I am keenly aware of how quickly our feelings and mood can change. Sometimes, things vary day to day but more often in early grief, things can swing drastically moment by moment. And I am here to tell you, it is OK!
I know some days you might feel like you are losing your mind and it’s easy to wonder if what we are experiencing is “normal?” But let me assure you my friend, nothing about losing a loved one feels “normal.” So, please don’t let anyone shame you into feeling like you are experiencing your grief “wrong.” You are entitled to your thoughts, feelings and experiences. There is NOT a right or wrong way to feel.
How Bible Verses About Grief Can Support Your Hurting Heart
The bible has a lot to say about pain, loss, brokenness and heart ache. There are so many stories in the bible, of people, just like you and me, who experienced tragic loss, painful circumstances and even death of people they loved. We can learn so much from the ways they walked through their pain and how the Lord spoke to them, worked in them and through them during their grieving process. I pray these bible verses about grief will guide you, comfort you and encourage you on your journey.
Bible Verses About Grief and Loss
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” (Revelation 21:4, NLT)
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3, NIV)
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”(Matthew 5:3, NIV)
“For no one is cast off by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone.” (Lamentations 3:31-33, NIV)
“The last enemy to be destroyed is death.”( 1 Corinthians 15:26, NIV)
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”( 1 Peter 5:7, NIV)
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”(Deuteronomy 31:6, NIV)
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”(Deuteronomy 31:8, NIV)
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” (Isaiah 40:29, NIV)
“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,”says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” (Isaiah 54:10, NIV)
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:26, NIV)
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”(Joshua 1:9, NIV)
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4, NIV)
“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105, NLT)
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalm 18:2, NIV)
“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, ESV)
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18, NIV)
“My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.” (Psalm 119:50, NIV)
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” (Psalm 55:22, NIV)
“For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.” (Psalm 30:5, NLT)
“My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.” (Psalm 73:26, NLT)
“Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles.” (Psalm 119:50, NLT)
“The Lord is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.” (Psalm 145:8, NLT)
“He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3, NLT)
“And Nehemiah continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!” (Nehemiah 8:10, NLT)
“Those of you who are hungry now are happy, because you will be filled. Those of you who have sorrow now are happy, because you will laugh.” (Luke 6:21, NLV)
“Jesus wept.”(John 11:35, NIV)
“So we say with confidence,“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6, NIV)
“So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” (John 16:22, NIV)
“The Lord rescues the godly; he is their fortress in times of trouble.” (Psalm 37:39, NLT)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, ESV)
“You will feel safe because there is hope. You will look around and rest in safety.” (Job 11:18, ICB)
“The Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” (Jeremiah 31:3, ESV)
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” (Romans 15:13, ESV)
“For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness.” (Psalm 18:28, ESV)
“You are my hiding place and my shield. I trust your word.” (Psalm 119:114, ICB)
“But the Lord is faithful. He will give you strength and protect you from the Evil One.” (2 Thessalonians 3:3, ICB)
“You have recorded my troubles. You have kept a list of my tears. Aren’t they in your records?” (Psalm 56:8, ICB)
“He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of the wilderness; he encircled him, he cared for him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.” (Deuteronomy 32:10, ESV)
“He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.” (Isaiah 40:29, NKJV)
My Prayer For These Bible Verses About Grief
Maybe you have recently lost someone you love or you know of someone who has. Take this opportunity today and honor your own personal grief or that of someone you love. Be intentional about recognizing grief’s existence in your life and commit to showing yourself or someone else love, compassion, & presence. I pray these bible verses about grief will bring hope into the hard places and healing to the brokenness.
If you are grieving, FIND A FRIEND!
If you know of someone who is grieving, GO BE A FRIEND!
The grieving process is hard but it is sacred work.