Almost three and a half years ago I was thrown into the world of the grieving parent. At the time, I was in a highly alert state, taking words that were said to me and dissecting them one by one. Sometimes people said things that I found confusing, and maybe even hurtful. I started reading…
I can’t say I’ve regularly read the Bible before or that I’m an overly religious person.
You could call me a “recovering Catholic” as I grew up with a strict Filipino father where we went to weekly mass and prayed the rosary; I was an altar server and went to CCD classes at our church. Needless to say, my relationship with God has been a fledgling one.
However, I do truly believe in a higher power and an after life, and that my baby, Emmett, is an angel looking over us from above. Since losing our son, I’ve grown closer to my biological mother who has a strong relationship to the Lord. I admire how she can put all of her trust and faith into something that we can’t see or feel. Because of her, I began reading the Bible daily, or attempt to. I’m sure I don’t read it perfectly or even the “correct” way, if that is such a thing.
Reading these bible quotes is something that has helped to provide some meaning, and offered me strength and hope in the aftermath of a loss.
I totally understand how some people after losing a child or pregnancy can be angry with God and want to distance themselves. Yet, I have found these words bestow a comforting shield that surround me when many of those merciless questions of “Why us?” and “Why my baby?” haunt my brain. I feel safe, loved, and hopeful.
10 Bible Quotes That Offer Hope and Strength
My suffering was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees.
Psalms 119:71 NLT
I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night—but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you.
Psalms 139:11-12 NLT
Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.
Hebrews 2:18 NLT
Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.
Matthew 7:25 NLT
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
1 Corinthians 13:7 NLT
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.
2 Corinthians 4:8-10 NLT
You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth.
Psalms 71:20 NLT
The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease.
Lamentations 3:19-22 NLT
So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Matthew 6:34 NLT
For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.
James 1:3 NLT
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