Grief and Loss Making Celebrating the Patriotic Holidays Doubly Hard? Comforting Bible Verses to Encourage You!

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Holiday country candles clipart to remind those of us in the Sandwich Generation dealing with grief and loss that Jesus is the light of the world even in the midst of darkness

This week, while my Sandwich Generation family has been celebrating the 4th of July, we've had quite a bit of red white and blue fun – online and off. But, as with any holiday, I know there are many a family right now who are reeling from the grief and loss that comes with helping a senior parent enter hospice or losing a loved one and missing them dreadfully.

For a Christian, even when we have the blessed assurance our loved one is safe in heaven, the pain and suffering of missing them can be a 24/7 emotion for some time – with a holiday multiplying the grief exponentially! Those are the times when I do best by soaking my heart and my mind in the Word of God – through comforting praise and worship music, verse by verse Bible studies on my ipod, encouraging books on grief and loss like Randy Alcorn's devotions – 50 Days of Heaven, and uplifting Bible verses printed out on a sheet of paper and carried with me everywhere.

Some of the comforting Bible verses I've saved over the years include:

Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.' Isaiah 41:10

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage;  Yes, wait for the Lord.  Ps. 27:13-14

God is my helper; The Lord is the sustainer of my soul. Ps 54:4

Through God we shall do valiantly, And it is He Who will tread down our adversaries. Ps. 60:12

As this cute country patriotic clip art illustrates - the heart of a caregiver is to be where they are needed - even if it means the hospital on a holidayWhether you are in the midst of a loved one's final illness or are grieving their loss, I pray you will be blessed by God's words of encouragement, His love and His gentle power surrounding you.