Grief is Faith - Preparation

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 NRSV

Grief is Life - Preparation

Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life .
Deuteronomy 30:19-20 NIV

Grief is Sorrow - Perspective

Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young shall fall exhausted; but those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength.
Isaiah 40:30 NRSV

Grief is Pain - Perspective

The LORD . . . has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,... to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve . . . to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
Isaiah 61:1-3 NIV

Occasions: Valentine's Day

For love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave.
Song of Solomon 8:6 NRSV

Grief is Work - Perspective

“Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for your work will be rewarded.”
Jeremiah 31:16 NIV

Grief is Growth - Perspective

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
2 Peter 3:18 NIV

Grief is Adjustment - Perspective

“In him we live and move and have our being.”
Acts 17:28 NRSV

Grief is Acceptance - Perspective

Return, O my soul, to your rest, for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.
Psalm 116:7 NRSV

Grief is Hope - Perspective

Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Romans 8:24-25 NRSV