Inspirational Words of Sympathy
What inspirational words of sympathy can you share with a grieving friend?
First let’s look at the Bible:
May your unfailing love be my comfort
According to your promise to your servant
Let your compassion come to me that I may live
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 have received from God.
For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.
2 Corinthians 1: 3-5
…and Isaac was comforted after is mother’s death.
And these Inspirational Words of Sympathy:
Turn to me and have mercy on me;
grant your strength to your servant and save the son of your maidservant.
Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame,
for you O Lord have helped me and comforted me.
Psalm 86: 16-17
I will praise you, O Lord.
Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away, and you have comforted me.
Surely God is my salvation;
I will trust and not be afraid.
The Lord is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.
Isaiah 12: 1-2
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Inspirational words of sympathy:
For this is what the Lord says:
I will extend peace to her like a river, and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream;
your will nurse and be carried on her arm and dandled on her knees. As a mother comforts her child,
so will I comfort you.
Isaiah 66: 12-13
For the wages of sin is death,
but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Inspirational Words of Sympathy for Christian women are these promises from God that He loves you and will be with you in times of grief. He also promises that all who are faithful will not die but have a new life with Him.
Grief is not so much about the loved one who has died, but about the loss and emptiness left in their place.
To be a comforter will be to remember the grief of your friend for at least one year after the funeral or memorial service. The first few days of planning a service and burial are days of numbness. Grief gradually begins after most friends have gone home to their own lives. It is then the memories begin with painful sweetness through observing a family at play, memorable sounds and smells. Birthdays and anniversaries, holidays and family gatherings can be painful.
As God’s comforter you can give inspirational words of sympathy by checking in with your friend around these activities. Just letting her know you care, you are there to listen, and that you can cry with her are the best gifts you can give.
When you are planning an activity include her. Go and pick her up for church and celebrations. Invite her to dinner just because you are thinking about her. Help her plant flowers in the spring and decorate for Christmas. Big holidays can be very difficult. Make sure that your friend is not alone for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and 4th of July.
Times of quiet are also extremely important. Invite her for a drive through the countryside, mountains, or to a lake or the ocean. Make time to spend an hour or two at your destination. Encourage her to bring a book to read, her journal, or a sketchbook. Be close and silent with no expectations. Let God be the guide. Perhaps your friend will want to talk about the person she is missing. She may want you to pray with her. And she might want to sit in silence allowing God to touch her heart.
Remember the stages of grief are shock, bargaining, anger, denial, depression, and acceptance. A person in grief must be loved and accepted at each stage. She may bounce around the stages, at times pushing you away and at other times needing to take up all your free time. The stages of grief take however long they need to take.A loving and caring friend will help the journey be as tolerable as possible.
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