People say a lot of things to you when your child (or you, for that matter) gets diagnosed with cancer. “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” “God has a purpose in all of this.” “God will give you the grace to get you through it.” “God allowed this to happen because he knew you could handle it.”
These are all well-meaning comments (though I don’t entirely agree with that last one). However, things that I wanted to hear more were “We’re praying for you.” Or, “I read [insert specific Bible passage] today, and I think it really applies to your situation.”
Today I would like to share with you the Bible passages that helped me hang on to my insanity, even if it was only by a thread. They can help you, too, when you’re going through a tough time (I like to imagine I’m listening to the Bible on CD, being read by Morgan Freeman : ).
Ps. 46: 1-3 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.”
John 16:33 “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Jer. 29:11 “I know the thoughts I think towards you, thoughts of peace and not evil, saith the Lord, to bring you to an expected end.”
Matthew 18:19-20 “Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my father which is in heaven. For where two or more are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. ”
Philippians 4:4-9 “Rejoice in the lord always and again, I say rejoice. Let your moderation be made known unto all men, the Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
Do you have any Bible verses to share? Please do!