Sunday, 27 November 2022

The Mystery of Life

The mystery of life -death insisted on pushing me forward into an unfamiliar place. Wayne, my husband for six decades, entered heaven last month. Instantly, grief became my constant heart-wrenching companion. Sadly I have begun a new, non-normal life as a woman husbanded by God. 

I now understand why there are so many Scriptures about God's comfort when we hurt and I need every one! Along with the extraordinary kindness of wonderful friends and loving family members, I must figure out the daily-ness of doing life alone while mourning deeply. I'm not exaggerating when I say this is the hardest thing I've ever done.

These 10 Scripture verses speak to me and help me take each next breath:

Psalm 147:3 "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." 
Isaiah 40:1 "'Comfort, yes, comfort My people!' says your God." 
Matthew 5:4 "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."
Matthew 11:28 "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." 
Romans 15:4 "For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope." 
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." 
Psalm 119:50 "This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life." 
Isaiah 49:13 "Sing, O heavens! Be joyful, O earth! And break out in singing, O mountains! For the LORD has comforted His people, and will have mercy on His afflicted." 
1 Thessalonians 5:1 "Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing." 
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 "Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work." 

Whatever difficult situation you may be facing, I hope these verses will help you as well. I speak from experience now when I say God alone sustains through unimaginable agony.

My prayer is Lord, please comfort me so that I may comfort others. Is there any reason for pain other than being able to help others to survive and to find a measure of joy and peace again?

Columnist: Dr. Judith Rolfs

Judith Rolfs Dr. Judith Rolfs
An author and professional marriage and family counselor, Judith focuses on motivating adults and children to live their best lives - emotionally, physically and spiritually. In her thirties, she researched the complexity of the natural world and moved from agnosticism to faith in Jesus as her Lord and Savior. She’s written how-to books for men and women's relationships, parenting skills, and devotionals like God’s Near and Jesus Time. Judith wrote the beloved Tommy Smurlee and Grella Weller mystery fantasy series to develop children's morality, creativity and imagination. Her books on triumphing over cancer evolved from her child’s experience. “Enjoy God and love well” is Judith's life motto. Visit her website at  

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