There's the tragic news of Heath Ledger. Then I read of a school janitor putting in a light in a class room yesterday in Georgia, I think - and suddenly he's electrocuted in front of the whole class. And then I hear of a former classmate from Mission High School who went in for minor surgery and two weeks later dies of a weird blood clot problem.
There are no sweet, wonderful answers to make everyone feel happy-happy. Ah, but there is a loving God who knows, and loves, and never promised us a rose garden. But, oh he gives us comfort.
I did a Google search on verses on comfort and found these. There were many - but I liked them all, so I won't delete any. (I know, it's a lot to read.)
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me.
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.
Though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.
The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.
The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
2 Cor 1:5
For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.
For men are not cast off by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.
I THINK THOSE ARE GREAT VERSES!!!!!
AND I THINK GOD IS SUCH A WONDERFUL GOD.
I could just preach and preach. mmm