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When my husband died, it was one of the most difficult times of my life. I remember receiving so many lovely sympathy cards and they were all such a blessing to me. One, in particular, stands out to me even though it's been over a decade.
It was a lovely Hallmark card with several comforting Bible verses on the front and inside. Words of encouragement and inspiration are such a sweet gift to us – but when those words come straight from Scripture, they are doubly blessed!
A few months later, when a dear friend passed away, I went looking for that same card and found it. I bought several and used all of them over the next couple of years. When I went to buy more, I found they had changed the comforting Scriptures but still had the same basic card and bought several, including the one on the bottom – above.
I still have a couple and hope to find more before I run out. But I have also now created my own list of comforting Bible verses that have been such a sweet blessing to me and those friends and family who I've shared them with. I've already shared several of them, one at a time, here at SandwichINK.
Recently, a family friend has been dealing with major health issues and I sent him a list of some of these Scriptures to lift his spirits. Then a couple of my online friends wrote about sad news of their own and I wanted to share the verses with them as well. So I decided to put them altogether here, over the next couple of weeks, to encourage and bless us all:
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. Psalm 27:13-14
I love You, O Lord, my strength.The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:1-2
The Lord my God illumines my darkness. Psalm 18:28
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken..You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever. Psalm 16:8, 11
You, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the One who lifts my head. Psalm 3:3
God is my helper; The Lord is the sustainer of my soul. Psalm 54:4
Through God we shall do valiantly, And it is He Who will tread down our adversaries. Psalm 60:12
He Himself has said, "I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you." Hebrews 13:5
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
Such sweet words of encouragement and inspiration from the awesome Word of God! Such wonderful encouragement for all of us in the Sandwich Generation on this Spiritual Sunday! Be sure to check back next Sunday for more.