Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A Few Verses About Grief

Please be in prayer for Patrick's family.  Bill, Pat's dad, will be placed in hospice care late this weekend or early next week.  We expect him to pass away quickly.  This decision was very difficult for all of them, but thankfully they found a medical directive from a few years ago that very clearly explained Bill's wishes in this situation.   

Patrick and I have never really mourned the loss of anyone this close to us before; we've lost grandparents and uncles, but never a parent.  Patrick doesn't know how to feel or act, and I don't know how to help.  So per Patrick's request, I looked for some verses about grief.  This is what I found.  The actual verses are copied from . 

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, gthat you may not grieve as others do hwho have no hope. 14 For isince we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him jthose who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you kby a word from the Lord,4 that lwe who are alive, who are left until mthe coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For nthe Lord himself will descend ofrom heaven pwith a cry of command, with the voice of qan archangel, and rwith the sound of the trumpet of God. And sthe dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be tcaught up together with them uin the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so vwe will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Romans 8:8
 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time nare not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

2 Corinthians 1:3,4
fBlessed be the gGod and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and hGod of all comfort, iwho comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 

Psalm 147:3
He heals othe brokenhearted
and pbinds up their wounds.

Matthew 5:4
“Blessed are vthose who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Psalm 73:26
26 iMy flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is jthe strength1 of my heart and my kportion lforever.

What verses do you know that help with grief?  Have you helped someone through this before, or been there yourself?  If so, please tell me what I can do to help him, and tell me what not to do/say!

Above all, please be praying for the Philpot family (all of us).  It's going to be a rough weekend.



  1. I'm so sorry. Let me know if I can help in any way. Love y'all. Auntie V

  2. Thank you sweet Kelli! dorothy

  3. I'm sorry Kelli. You definitely have our prayers. If there's anything you'll need let us know.

  4. Oh, I am so sorry. When Jonathan's grandfather died I felt the same way you do (since J and his grandfather were SO close). I didn't know what to do or how to help. Just make sure you talk to Pat A LOT! I used to tell Jonathan it's ok to be upset and sad or angry. It's such a hard thing that nobody ever gets "good at". We'll be praying for comfort for y'alls family.