Faith, Hope and Grief: Finding God’s Presence in the Midst of Crisis

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Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. When asked what the greatest commandment of the law is, Jesus said: one, love God, and two, love others.

When we focus on what really matters to God, it simplifies our lives. Jesus cut through hundreds of Jewish laws to reveal that they could all be reduced to these two simple commands. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. We can be calm in the midst of complete chaos when we have that peace—and it protects us. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. Sin wants to hide.

It wants to bury itself in our hearts and make us feel alone in our temptation. Your life is unique—the temptation you face is not. The world is full of brothers and sisters in Christ who share in your struggles with sin. Fight it together, and most importantly, invite God into the struggle. The way out may not always be easy, but God promises it will always be there. Jesus never sinned. Make no mistake—Jesus suffered when he was tempted. Because he can identify with your pain, he can help you.

He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.

Joan E Derrig-Heacox, MM — Spiritual Director, Writer and Speaker

He restores my soul. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the lord forever. Sheep trust their shepherd. Experience and the surrounding flock tell the sheep that wherever the shepherd leads, they will be provided for.

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Even as the valley gets dark, rocky, and difficult, the sheep trust the shepherd to lead them out of it. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Saint Joseph, pray for me. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, assist me in my last agony.

Finding God Through the Grief of Losing a Child

Scripture Readings Among many appropriate Scripture readings are the following: Job Psalm 23 Psalm 91 Psalm 1 John Revelation Matthew Luke Luke Luke John John , 23, 27 Those gathered might take turns reading these passages from the family Bible. Prayer of Commendation As the time of death approaches, this prayer may be said. Prayers Immediately after Death The following prayers may be recited immediately after death and may be repeated in the hours that follow.

These verses may also be used. Gathering in the Presence of the Body When the family first gathers around the body, before or after it is prepared for burial, all or some of the following prayers may be used. All make the Sign of the Cross. Then one member of the family reads: My brothers and sisters, Jesus says: "Come to me, all you who labor and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.

Then one member of the family may say: With God there is mercy and fullness of redemption; let us pray as Jesus taught us: Our Father One member of the family says: Blessed are those who have died in the Lord; let them rest from their labors for their good deeds go with them. All make the Sign of the Cross as one member of the family says: May the love of God and the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ bless and console us and gently wipe every tear from our eyes: in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Prayers for Mourners Lord God, you are attentive to the voice of our pleading. Let us find in your Son comfort in our sadness, certainty in our doubt, and courage to live through this hour. Make our faith strong through Christ our Lord. Lord, N. For those who mourn the death of a child: O Lord, whose ways are beyond understanding, listen to the prayers of your faithful people: that those weighed down by grief at the loss of this little child may find reassurance in your infinite goodness. Prayers at Graveside Lord Jesus Christ, by your own three days in the tomb, you hallowed the graves of all who believe in you and so made the grave a sign of hope that promises resurrection even as it claims our mortal bodies.

27 Verses for Crises

I had prayed and waited in anticipation for a glimpse of a smile and celebrated BIG when it came. From what I have seen from my vantage point it takes a lot of hard work, many times medicines, loving, supportive people, therapy, learning new skills, and a lot of waiting for the depression to lift. I would love to hear your suggestions. It could be helpful to someone else. An Ordinary Mom. Being Woven. PS…thank you for the sheet with the Scriptures on it. I just ran it off for my quiet times. Oh, the very first one on the list…to grieve our losses…the loss of Kenneth, my husband.

God is walking me through each and every day. I accept my reality, as difficult as it is because I have the Lord. Thank you for encouraging me this evening. I am so sorry for your loss. Grieving is hard work; but so important to do. I am stopping and praying for you before I hit the send. Dolly Soul Stops.

"Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows." – Jesus

Dolly — You have made my heart so happy. Thank you for sharing. I love it when God works like that. Your email address will not be published. Sign me up for the newsletter! Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. How a simple gift reminded me of what I needed to embrace the unexpected.

John 35 All pain is significant. Hebrews We must anchor our faith to God. Matthew We must take good care of ourselves. Community Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. I Thessalonians We all need a team to fight life with us. Proverbs We need to put our trust entirely in God and let go.

What Not to Do in a Crisis

Acceptance Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. Romans We must learn to accept people and our circumstances. We would love to have you join our community. Embracing the Unexpected Maree Dee Subscribe today and never miss a post.

If you liked this post, please share someone else might too. Email Print. Thank goodness! Maree Loading Reply Maree Dee September 5, Jesus is the best one to cling to for everything. Blessings, Maree Loading Reply adaughtersgiftoflove September 3, I thought have read this already but maybe not, I like that list. Reply Maree Dee September 4, You might have read something similar a few years ago. Reply Lesley September 3, This is a great post, Maree! Reply Maree Dee September 4, Yes, squeezing that cross in my hands is a great reminder. Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful insights for embracing the unexpected. Reply Kayla September 2, What about when a person is in extreme depression and her mind is in agony, how can she be joyful in the midst of her very worst circumstances? Blessings Maree Loading Reply Maree Dee September 1, Yes!!!

Thank you for stopping by glad to see you agree that all pain is significant. Reply Maree Dee August 31, You are so welcome!