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Scripture and words of encouragement for times when you feel discouraged by life's sorrow.
Sorrow is a part of human experience; it is one of the inevitable facts with which we all must deal. There is no bright or easy philosophy that will shield a person from the necessity of meeting sorrow’s cold, hard weight at some time in this life. So we must be prepared to meet it when it comes.
The Psalmist tells us that, “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30:5). In times of grief and sorrow, remember this: Your agony is not permanent. What seems to be the cold, stern face of God is only momentary, while His kindness and His love are for all your life. Though you may be brokenhearted and a dark night seems to settle down upon you, it will pass. Morning will come and with it understanding and—ultimately—joy. So you can carry on through the darkness of sorrow, for He will bring you to a new day.
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When we were young, our parents took us in their arms and wiped away our tears. In that same way, God, the great parent of humanity, comforts us. As we live with Him we will enter into an understanding and depth of life where pain, mourning and crying will pass away in His Heavenly Kingdom. The ultimate end of human experience is not sadness, but eternal goodness. “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away” (Revelations 21:4).
“As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear him” (Psalm 103:13). God has pity in His heart for His children. His kindness and sympathy are always ours; in our sorrow He cries with us. We read in John 11:35, “Jesus wept.” Thus Divinity shares human grief.
When you feel utterly crushed by the tragedy and sorrow of life, say this beautiful verse aloud: “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). Close your eyes and feel His kindly presence renewing your depressed spirit.
God is near; be at peace.
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