How can I help others cope with tragedy? - Tragedy - TouchPoints

How can I help others cope with tragedy?

1 Kings 17:20Then Elijah cried out to the Lord, “O Lord my God, why have you brought tragedy on this widow who has opened her home to me, causing her son to die?”

Psalm 20:1In times of trouble, may the Lord respond to your cry. May the God of Israel keep you safe from all harm.

2 Corinthians 1:8-11I think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and completely overwhelmed, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we learned not to rely on ourselves, but on God who can raise the dead. And he did deliver us from mortal danger. And we are confident that he will continue to deliver us. He will rescue us because you are helping by praying for us. As a result, many will give thanks to God because so many people’s prayers for our safety have been answered.

You can intercede in prayer for people in distress.

Nehemiah 2:17But now I said to them, “You know full well the tragedy of our city. It lies in ruins, and its gates are burned. Let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem and rid ourselves of this disgrace!”

You can encourage them to keep going.

Job 2:11Three of Job’s friends were Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. When they heard of the tragedy he had suffered, they got together and traveled from their homes to comfort and console him.

Psalm 69:20Their insults have broken my heart, and I am in despair. If only one person would show some pity; if only one would turn and comfort me.

Job 6:21You, too, have given no help. You have seen my calamity, and you are afraid.

Job 21:34How can you comfort me? All your explanations are wrong!

You can comfort and console them. Sometimes your presence is better than words.

Romans 15:26For you see, the believers in Greece have eagerly taken up an offering for the Christians in Jerusalem, who are going through such hard times.

You can meet their physical needs in practical, compassionate ways. Small gifts often turn into great blessing.

Obadiah 1:13You should not have plundered the land of Israel when they were suffering such calamity. You should not have gloated over their destruction when they were suffering such calamity. You should not have seized their wealth when they were suffering such calamity.

You shouldn’t have plundered the land of Israel when they were suffering such calamity. You shouldn’t have gloated over the destruction of your relatives, looting their homes and making yourselves rich at their expense.

You should never take advantage of tragedy in anyone’s life.