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Sunday night I received the news that a longtime family friend went to be with Jesus. Although he was afflicted with a form of MPS, the same terminal disease as my daughter, Taylor, his passing was unexpected and unanticipated. His heavenly homegoing prompted my heart to share these 20 Bible verses about losing a loved one.
His mama tucked him in that night not knowing he wouldn’t wake up in the morning. I can’t imagine the shock waves reverberating through his family. My heart aches for them, and my prayers have been with them since hearing the news.
To tell you the truth, I fear the same thing happening in our family. Even though I lost my mama to cancer 16 years ago, there’s so much about grief and sorrow that I don’t understand. In fact, I think anyone who tells you they understand it all is not truthful. The emotions associated with losing a loved one are individual and unique; no one can fully grasp the grieving process. But I know my God is a loving God. He has not changed and will not change. His Word stands true, and I know to rest my faith on his promises. Today I wanted to share 20 comforting Bible verses about losing a loved one. I cling to these verses for my friend’s family, for our family, and for you.
Comforting Bible Verses
And the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Isaiah 35:10
When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. John 16:21-22
In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?…You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? Psalm 56:4&8
He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken. It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” Isaiah 25:8&9
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4
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 affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1:3&4
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
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
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed….“Death is swallowed up in victory.” 1 Corinthians 15:52&54
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. I Thessalonians 4:14&15
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. Revelation 21:4
This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. Psalm 119:50
By his grace,