In times of great trouble, like these, words often seem so little to offer, and they are, unless they are words of Truth and Life. It is our hope and prayer that those who are in the midst of great trouble, and those who are walking along with them to help, will find some comfort and strengthening in these words ~ that they might find here walking sticks to hang on to and relieve some of the burden, and planks of sure Truth to stand on when all that is in view is sinking sand. “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
… and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
…that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
2 Corinthians 12:8-9
But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Psalm 52:8 NIV
But I am like an olive tree
flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God’s unfailing love
for ever and ever.
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
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