PRESENT COMFORT

Hope and Encouragement for Grief

...you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.
John 16:20 (NIV)

We grieve because we love.

If we did not love, our heart would not be broken by the death of one we love. Grief is often referred to as a journey. The journey begins when one we love dies. Though the journey does not come with a precise roadmap, along the way we find answers to some of the most difficult questions of life and death through prayer, introspection, and soul-searching. We near the end of the journey when we move beyond our grief toward hope and new life.

I hope that you will allow me to serve as your guide and walk beside you on your journey through grief. This is a place for your personal comfort, encouragement, and support as you encounter many of the practical, spiritual, and emotional challenges of grief. My hope is that you will use the books, blogs, daily devotionals, prayers, and grief group media to lead you toward renewed hope, recovered love, and belief in the future.

My hope is that you will use the books, blogs, daily devotionals, prayers, and grief group media to lead you toward renewed hope, recovered love, and belief in the future. You are invited to watch the video as an introduction to the heart and spirit of hope offered in these grief support resources.

“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

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Inside the Broken Heart
Beyond the Broken Heart
Beyond the Broken Heart
Beyond the Broken Heart
Beyond the Broken Heart
Secure in the Storm
A Journey Through Grief
Comfort and Joy

From The Blog

One of the most sacred things we can share with others is what we have learned from our personal experience of grief. We offer the wisdom, insight, and perspective of our encounter with death and grief when we open our heart and invite others into our grief. On this website you will find blog posts on a wide array of topics. Hopefully you will find a word of affirmation or encouragement that speaks to your heart of hope for life beyond the broken heart.

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Darkness and Light

Presumably each person poised to see the recent eclipse possessed some understanding of what happens when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, blocking the view of the sun as it passes. Yet seeing the eclipse was different for each person. No two people saw exactly the same thing at exactly the same time. No two photos look the same. During the four minutes of totality, likely each one viewing the eclipse had some private, personal experience, whether intellectual, visceral or spiritual, whether joy, awe, wonder, or a profound sense of the vast universe set in motion by the God of all creation.

Eternity: Day 1

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:1 NRSV

Thought

For many Christians, grief is sometimes framed in self-denial. Those who feel guilty for crying or being sad may believe that a person of strong faith should feel happy to know that a loved one is in heaven. You can believe beyond doubt that a loved one is with God, but you are human. You are in pain. You hurt. This does not mean that you are a bad Christian or that your faith is weak. It means that grief and faith are connected in Christ. “And without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Hebrews 11:6 NRSV).

Prayer

God, as my faith grows because of grief, I pray for peace through your grace in Christ. Amen.

Assurance

My faith pleases God.

Grief Groups

For many, a grief group can be a safe emotional and spiritual place that provides grief understanding and deep fellowship with others who are experiencing grief. Though a grief group is not for everyone, those who need direction and guidance often find the way forward through grief in the context of a confidential grief group community. Group leaders are encouraged to use the resources available on this website for inspiration as they offer their personal support and spiritual care to those who grieve.

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"My prayer is that you will experience both personal and spiritual growth as your broken heart is transformed through the presence and grace of God."

Julie Yarbrough

Testimonials

"Great material and resources to help grieving people move Beyond the Broken Heart."

"A great leader's guide with devotional suggestions."

"Excellent information and great lesson plans."

"With each turn of page, readers of Present Comfort will come to know Julie as a new friend who has a vulnerable, compassionate, and courageous heart--just like them."

"Present Comfort is a rich exploration of the sacred space of grief. Filled with deep spiritual insight and her own personal story, Julie Yarbrough writes in exquisite prose to lead her readers through the “valley of the shadow” into the bright hope of God’s love, joy, and new life."

"Present Comfort is a marvelous exposition of one of the grand themes of the Bible, that “God is with us,” especially in the darkest and most difficult times in our lives. This is simply a wonderfully “hope-full” book for all of us in uncertain and challenging seasons in our lives."

"The author gives us a book that is skillfully written, biblically based and a wonderful blend of spirituality and personal experience. The reader will find hope and healing on every page."

"Julie Yarbrough is like a friend who lovingly guides you through the heartbreak of loss and shares hope in a time of great need."



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Contact Julie

If you need to share the pain of your heart with a confidential, understanding listener, I am available to you by email. I will pray for you individually and personally because like you, my faith has been tried and tested by death and grief. I believe with absolute certainty that the power of a loving, caring God will comfort and heal your broken heart, just as it has mine. You are not alone, I am here for you.