January 26, 2024

Bible Verses for Comfort During Grief and Loss in Motherhood

Written by: Tahnee Wientjes

Amid grief, the Bible unfolds verses of comfort for mothers. In loss, find solace and hope through the timeless words of the Bible.

All scripture quotations are taken from the word of God, the Authorized King James Bible.

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Finding words of comfort in times of trouble

Life can be a difficult journey. Sometimes we find ourselves in good times, sometimes it may be a difficult time or even a time of grief. As a mother, I know how fast things can change. One day your babies are little, and in the blink of an eye, you enter a new phase of life.

Grief and loss aren’t solely related to the loss of a family member or the death of a dear friend or child. Grief can come at various moments in life. Saying goodbye to your old life after your first baby is born can come with a feeling of grief. Miscarriage or the loss of a dear family member are moments that we can use words of comfort. Life’s most intense challenges come with a season of grief.

Where there’s grief, there’s the need for comfort. We can find comforting verses in the Bible during hard times and times of grief. The God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3) is indeed a very present help (Psalms 46:1). Our heavenly Father knows our needs and sorrows. He has given us an entire book that we can turn to for comfort! Let’s not try to do it on our own, instead turn to God’s word and find comfort through reading verses about loss, grief, joy, and looking forward.

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Comforting Bible verses for hard days as a new mother

As a new mom, you may find yourself lonely at times. Saying goodbye to your old life and adjusting to a new routine may be harder than expected. This letting go of those former things can come with a sense of grief. You may keep looking back, looking back to the good days that once were.

The first step to comfort is to acknowledge that there is grief and this is a hard time for you. There’s no need to keep acting like everything is fine. Jesus Christ never promised this life would be easy. But, the good thing is, He did promise to work all things for our good:

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

That’s a promise. It may be that we won’t see the fruits of our labor in this season of life, but we must continue to sow, water, and cultivate the ground with faith and patience, for in due time our efforts will yield a bountiful harvest.

So, acknowledge that you struggle and let God know too. Find comfort in reading your Bible daily.

John 12:35 “Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.”

Psalms 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

It’s important to remember that God cares. He cares for you, on your best days and in your darkest.

Psalms 105:8 “He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.”

God’s word teaches us to not look back as Lot’s wife did (Genesis 19:26), but to look forward:

Titus 1:2 “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;”,

Nehemiah 8:10 “… for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

Ponder these verses and let them be a reminder of God’s unfailing love in days of trouble. Pray to the Lord for strength, guidance and faithfulness.

Psalms 22:19 “But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me.”

Psalms 20:1 “The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee;”

Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”

Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Remember that God is ever faithful and that Jesus Christ went through the same feelings and hardships we face today. And, that you are not alone:

1 Peter 5:9 “Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”

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Bible verses for the bereaved mother

When we have to say goodbye to a good friend or dear family member we may feel like walking through our darkest valley, a valley that doesn’t seem to have an end. In our depths of grief, there’s much hope and comfort to be found in the scriptures. Bible verses can help us in our grieving process.

The most well-known Psalm is probably Psalm 23, where the scriptures talk about the valley of the shadow of death. It’s a Psalms that covers every part of life; the hope we have, God’s love, God’s presence, the power of God. It ends with our living hope, the hope of eternal life with him.

Psalm 23

A Psalm of David.

“The LORD [is] my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou [art] with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”

As the apostle Paul wrote to the church of Corinth, God is the God of all comfort.

2 Corinthians 1:3 “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;”

God is the strength of my heart

Psalms 73:26 “My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.”

In a time of need, read these verses and pray to God for comfort. Though it may seem like a long road, brighter days will come.

Hebrews 12:2 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

There will come a day when you can say:

Psalms 71:20 “Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.”

Comforting verses during miscarriage

The loss of a child and the period of deep grief and sorrow that follows is perhaps the most painful journey bereaved parents go through. It may be hard to see God’s love in their deepest grief.

When you find it hard to seek the Lord for comfort, you can pray for God to direct your heart.

2 Thessalonians 3:5 “And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.”

There’s always hope even in life’s most intense challenges know that there’s always that hope of eternal glory. He will wipe away all tears from our eyes, the former things will be passed away.

Romans 8:18 “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

Let it be a comfort to you that, with the coming of the Lord, you will meet again in heaven someday. On the last day, when we hear the sound of the trumpet of God. 

John 14:2 “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”

1 Corinthians 15:52 “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

1 Thessalonians 4:16 “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:”

Revelation 21:4 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

Then we can say: 

1 Corinthians 15:55 “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”

Momentary troubles

Grief and sorrow can come during big life events, but even the small(er) struggles in life can come with a feeling of grief and sorrow. God knows and understands the hardship you face. He is full of compassion.

There are so many comforting Bible verses when you struggle with everyday hardships. This can be the loss of a friendship, barely making ends meet, unemployment, etc.

Psalms 86:15 “But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.”

There’s nothing that can separate us from the love of God

Romans 8:35 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”

This being said, keep the faith and let nothing keep you from reading God’s word.

1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

It may seem like a long time when you feel your faith is tested and tried. This is a time that God can work on your character, for His glory. Surrender your life to the Lord and give him all your trials and struggles (Matthew 11:30). He wants to hear from you, comfort you, and guide you through this life.

I think the following verse in Romans is the perfect verse regarding patience. When I feel like trails take so long, and I’m reminded of this verse I always think “But it takes so long!”. And then again I’m reminded that there may be a good reason and just maybe I do need more patience…

Romans 5:3 “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;”

Hebrews 12:11 “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.”

Be patient and let God do the work in you. This is a good Bible verse that reminds us that sometimes, waiting will result in becoming stronger.

Psalms 27:14 “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”

Making a personal collection of Bible verses

We all go through different hard times, what may be a difficult time for one may be a time of grief for someone else. As we all go through different seasons of life, we all have different needs.

During these times we can find comforting verses in the Bible. The Bible is full of verses for the grieving mother. Mothers can find hope and comfort through the word of the God of all comfort.

I want to encourage you to make your collection of Bible verses. When you make a personal notebook of Bible verses, you can build a valuable testimony of Bible verses that can serve as a testimony of God’s faithfulness. It will be an encouraging collection that you can turn to during hard times.

You can use several methods to build your collection of Bible verses for times of need. Always pray first and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you as you read your Bible.

Here are some tips to help you get started making your collection of Bible verses:

  • Write down one verse per day as you read your Bible.
  • Read the Proverb of the day and take one verse that speaks to you.
  • Look up verses with a certain word, e.g. “comfort”, “trust”, “joy”, “eternal”, etc.
  • Read passages of other women and mothers in the Bible and be inspired by how they dealt with hardship: Jochebed (Exodus 2) Hannah (2 Samuel), Ruth (Book of Ruth).

Bringing comfort and joy to a grieving friend

I hope these Bible verses above were an encouragement for you to read. Even when your own life is fine and just not in a season where you're facing any particular struggles, it can still be helpful to study the word of God.

You can be an encourager and comfort to those mom friends who do grief.

  • Look up verses that are particularly helpful in a certain situation by using the tips I shared above under "Making a personal collection of Bible verses".
  • You can gift a friend Scripture cards for her to read during the day.
  • Send a card, text message or app during the day to encourage her.

The Bible is full of wisdom and encouragement. The stories from those who went before us, encouraging verses in hard times, and the hope we have of eternal life with him.

It's my sincere hope that this was helpful to you. I would love to hear your favorite verses to encourage and comfort a grieving mother or friend. To conclude this blog post with a collection of Bible verses for comfort during grief and loss in motherhood:

Galatians 6:9 "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."

Revelation 21:1-8 "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son"

Now that is something to look forward to, isn't it!? :)

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