As we bid farewell to our loved ones on their way to their heavenly abode we pray for the soul’s peace and solace in God’s home. With our prayers comes the invincible mourning. We are human beings- we can never resolve the conflicting emotions that we go through while we lose our loved ones. While on one hand, we hail the departed’s proximity to God, we cannot come to terms with the death either. Reading out different verses from the Bible can provide the right amount of solace, hope and comfort to the grieving family and friends amidst the sombre ambience.
God has His own ways of dealing with His creatures on earth. That is why we go through such gamut of emotions after bidding farewell to our dear ones. He has His own assuring ways to make sure that His creatures are able to deal with major losses in their lives with grace, humility and strength. This is what is reflected by several Biblical verses that are read out during funerals.
Listed below are some examples:
LORD, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them.
This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. (NLT)
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Good people pass away; the godly often die before their time. But no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come. For those who follow godly paths will rest in peace when they die. (NLT)
A funeral does not necessarily have to be sad. It should be the opportune moment to realize the power of God above you and prepare yourself for further struggles in life because this is how He tests the mortals. This is what is in His scheme of things- to make us more humble, courageous, sympathetic, kind and forgiving in our ways of leading our lives.