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As the funerals begin for the men and women massacred at Emanuel AME Church last week, we look for ways to continue bringing comfort to the victims’ families. Flowers, cards, meals, prayer vigils, a unity chain of ten thousand mourners are all outward displays of respect and love for those lost. They show the impact this tragedy has had on our country. We appreciate visual offerings of love and they do bring a balm to our souls. It is also a time to look to Our Father’s Word for the comfort only He can offer. The following scripture are presented to lift the spirits of the brokenhearted and to strengthen our faith:

Isaiah 51:11  And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee.

Psalm 116:15  Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.

Revelation 21:4  He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.

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

2 Corinthians 1:3-4  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

Psalm 34:18  The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those crushed in spirit.

Psalm 18:28  You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.

As we are told in Ecclesiastes 3:3, there is “a time to kill and a time to heal.” It is now a time for healing. Our focus needs to be on the Lord and His teachings in His Word. As believers, we are promised to spend eternity with Him. True comfort comes from Our Father. May the season for healing and building up begin!