The Bible is a wonderful source of hope, encouragement, and healing. Psalm 119:28 says, “My soul weeps because of grief; strengthen me according to Your word.”
May the following verses comfort, encourage, and guide you to embrace hope amid the hurt. Write these verses down and place them around your home, or carry them with you in your purse.
Say these verses aloud or during prayer, which helps you to really think about the truth of what you are saying, and to know that these promises are for you.
For if He causes grief, then He will have compassion, according to His abundant lovingkindness. (Lamentations 3:32, NASB)
Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the LORD. (Psalm 31:24, NASB)
Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort. (2 Corinthians 1:7, ESV)
“Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows; but cheer up, for I (Jesus) have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, TLB)
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit them together in my mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13, ESV)
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13, NASB)
Moving Forward with Hope
There is no timetable for grief. Others may expect you to “move on” when truly all you can do is move forward. You’ll never “get over” your loss, but with God’s help you will get through this.
Expect to navigate challenges along the way – the sight of pregnant women, birth announcements and baby showers, and milestone dates to name a few.
Know that although you are hurting now, you aren’t alone and there will be joy in your life again. Moving forward doesn’t mean that you are forgetting your baby. There will always be a special place in your heart for your little one. As you feel led, make a plan to recognize your baby on the due date, anniversary date, or other special days as you integrate your child’s life and memory into your everyday, ongoing life.
Above all, remember that just as it takes time to heal a broken bone, healing your broken heart will also take time, and the healing process can be different for each person. So give yourself time and grace as you move from one day to the next, all the while embracing the hope of Jesus on your journey, for He cares for you.
Let Him have all your worries and cares, for He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you. (1 Peter 5:7, TLB)
If you need further guidance and encouragement, Focus on the Family has a staff of licensed, professional Christian counselors available to talk with you at no charge. Just call 800-A-FAMILY (232-6459)