When I asked for the comfort that the Lord had given my brothers and sisters
in times of suffering and grief,
a number of people responded, sharing their manna, so to speak.
Although many comforting things were shared,
two verses were given several times.
Often when the Lord has spoken to me,
it has been in the sharing of the same verse from multiple sources.
So I took particular notice of these:
For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the LORD,
thoughts of peace, and not of evil,
to give you an expected end.
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
And my Grandma has so often repeated to me:
Be anxious for nothing;
but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which passes all understanding,
will keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
But my God will supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Grandma made a video recently to remind her offspring of these verses from Philippians.
Chapter 4 -- her most-quoted words of wisdom to us.
It is fitting that the last verse in her favorite chapter of her favorite book says,
"The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen."