Sorrowful Souls

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
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Can you imagine the sorrow that Florida is feeling as they go through an epidemic of violence? Do you recall the promising young singer shot, the mass shootings at a nightclub, and a two-year-old child snatched by an alligator in a lagoon?

In the face of torrential sorrow, what can be said or done? Sometimes, nothing can help to take away the hurt, the vice-grip of sorrow. It is a fact that grief is as real a pain as a broken limb or the aftermath of major surgery.

Is there anything that can be done? Yes, there are some things that will help. First and foremost, prayer is the one thing that we can and should engage in. Prayer changes things — at many levels. Prayer is the fuel that propels heaven to act. We've all seen or heard how things change after people take the time to pray.

Jesus prayed. The gospel accounts often record that Jesus prayed, especially early in the morning.

Besides prayer, we can come alongside someone and appropriately read some wonderful, comforting verses of Scripture. You'll know that the time is right when the Holy Spirit guides you to read some of the verses that have been found to be soothing for a sorrowful soul.

When you are experiencing a wounded soul or you know someone who is grieving, try these Bible verses:

John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (NKJV)

1 Peter 5:7 – Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. (NKJV)

Isaiah 41:10 – Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (NKJV)

Prayer: Loving God and precious Father, we bring to You all our hurt, sadness, and sorrow. We pray for comfort. Gracious Lord, we pray for others who hurt just like we do, or more, and we ask You to be their comfort even as You comfort us. We pray in the soothing name of Christ our Lord. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Prayer is the answer.

    Thanks Karl for a timely devotion.

    Karl, praise God for your timely devotional. Blessings.

    Good word Karl.

    “The soothing name of Christ our Lord”. Such a wonderful thought. Thank you!

    Thank you for your morning devotional. Just what I needed to hear this morning! May God continue to bless you as you share His words with us.

    Nice to hear that someone in Canada is praying for those involved in our catastrophe in Florida.
    Good to know that we have worldwide prayer. God is good.

    Hi Karl,
    Thank you for your timely devotional this morning. You are right, prayer does work, we all know that from experience.

    Dear brother in Christ, Karl:
    I find your Devotionals deeply comforting and very insightful and all on a profound level…kudos…keep up your good work.

    A beautiful devotional today Karl. Thank you for your thoughts. I am a Stephen Minister at my church and am caring for a lady right now who has recently lost her husband. What you are saying is so appropriate and the verses given are verses I can carry with me and share with her ….. and for that I especially thank you!
    God bless you in this ministry.

    I agree with your devotional, and in many instances, all we can do is pray (as Canadians). But until the US repents of its terrible culture of guns, and hate, I really despair. I fear, that for Americans, the easy way out, is to always say quickly we “should pray” (but nothing ever gets changed). As Canadian Christians, we need not only to pray for the victims and loved ones of these sad acts, but that the whole American society would want to change (and pray for our own, very different country!) Keep on writing!!

    Dear Karl Csaszar,
    Thank you for writing so straight-forwardly about a serious concern.
    Yes, I am praying for all persons affected. I pray that God will step in and people will turn to him and pray for those affected, and for those perpetuating the sorrow that they will be saved by the grace of our Lord and turn from hate-acts to doing loving service in the name of Jesus Christ.
    Keep writing.

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