A story about a recent tragedy has been populating my Facebook news feed over the past week.
Over and over, I see the photo of a young black family. In the photo, a father and mother stand on a playground. A blue slide and yellow monkey bars serve as the backdrop for the photo.
The father holds his young daughter in his right arm and his left arm hugs his wife, the mother of his children. The mother places her right arm around her husband and her left hand is placed gently on the chest of her first born daughter, who stands wearing a pink dress, toy in hand.
This picture has been circulating social media as the cover of several news stories and for the family’s GoFundMe account. On that day, the mother gripped her family close. Soon after, her grip was lost.
The father and two young daughters passed away in a car accident this past weekend.
I don’t know this family personally, but the anguish I felt when reading about this story was enough to make me sit back and shake my head in disillusionment. My thoughts were:
What could anyone possibly say to this young woman to comfort her in this time of tremendous grief?
How can she possibly overcome this?
What will it take for her to move forward with her life?
Many of those that commented on the Facebook posts were also at a loss for words, saying as much in their comments. And with the recent tragedies that have taken place in our country, many have been at a loss for words on several fronts.
With that said, there is always one place to turn…turn to Him.
As many continue to suffer with finding justice or looking for an explanation, here are eight verses about dealing with suffering:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? Romans 8:35
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. John 16:33
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. Isaiah 43:2
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. 2 Corinthians 4:17
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 8:18