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Mar 31, 2020

Episode 12 – Grief: God of All Comfort            

Intro – grief patch story from: 


2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (ESV)


Psalm 10:14 (NIV)


God is thoughtful about our grief and holds our grief with us.

So we are: thoughtful about grief for one another, and we help one another hold the grief and the weight of that grief


Psalm 34:17-18 (NIV)


God of All Comfort = God of all losses

Exercise: write down all the losses that you’ve encountered personally, or those you see around them, then write the word All or God or Jesus or a favorite Bible verse over it

We have both – honor the losses and embrace the comfort


God isn’t far off – He is big, but also personal

Isaiah 53:3-4



Jesus encountered his own grief and entered into other people’s grief

Jesus took on the judgment of grief as well


Biblical narratives of loss:

Mary, Martha, Lazarus – loss of loved one, the experience of illness

Mary and John and the crucifixion – comfort in one another, finding a community to morn with

Joseph – loss of family, loss of freedom, loss of dreams, loss of promises, restoration

David – loss of men in battle, loss of an infant, loss of a son to betrayal

Solomon – Ecclesiastes, loss of time and opportunity, sense of hopelessness but comfort

Ruth and Naomi – widowhood, loss of livelihood, loss through moving


What loss narratives have given you comfort in Scripture?


Luke 7:11-17  (NIV)