Some dear friends of mine are going through some rough times in their lives right now, and I wanted to share this group of bible verses I read over my retreat a few weekends ago. I think the main idea of these verses is that we will go through painful things in our lives, but that God will never leave us alone or ignore our prayers. He will give us every grace that we need to get through those times. And the virtue of hope is so important: choosing to hope is choosing to believe that God really does have for us “plans for good and not for woe, plans for a future full of hope.” Choosing to hope means trusting that “all things work for the good of those who love God.”
Hasten to answer me, O Lord, for my spirit fails me. Hide not your face from me lest I become like those who go down into the pit.
Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn. You will have pain, but your pain will turn to joy.
Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer.
…all things work for the good of those who love God.
But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient unto you, my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, that Christ’s power may rest in me.
–2 Corinthians 12:9
For in hope we were saved. Now hope that sees for itself is not hope. For who hopes for what one sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance.
Know that the Lord works wonders for the faithful. The Lord hears when I call out.
…the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
–2 Timothy 2:7
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
For I know well the plans I have for you, says the Lord…plans for good and not for woe, plans to give you a future full of hope.