Help & Comfort in Suffering

“For the despairing man there should be
kindness from his friend;
Lest he forsake the fear of the Almighty.”
Job 6:14

I’ve collected these posts in the hope you will find in them some help and comfort in the midst of your suffering. I wrote them over a span of many months, and they include music, prayer and poetry. There is Christmas and Easter music here, and while that may seem unusual, I have found comfort and hope many times in their lyrics and melodies. In the variety offered I pray you will find words that bring you consolation. There are links to Bible passages within the posts for you to click on and read

You might start by reading about my own Journey Through The Storm of the last few years, and then about the sure and certain Anchor of Hope. I will also be adding to these lists from time to time, so check back in to see if there’s something new you haven’t yet read.

After writing on Job 1–26 (links at “My servant Job”) I wrote Suffering & Lovingkindness to answer the question, “How do you show lovingkindness to someone in despair?”

May the Lord be with you, comfort you and strengthen you.

God’s Love and Care:

Numbers 5–8: The Lord Bless You & Keep You

Psalm 23: The Psalm of the Good Shepherd

Psalms 27–29: Providence & Power

Psalms 30–32: A Refuge & A Rock

Psalms 39–41: Woes & Wonders

Psalms 60–62: Rejection & Promises

Psalms 90–92: My Refuge & My Fortress

Isaiah 53: Man of Sorrows

Isaiah 56–61: The Messiah & His Mission

Ezekiel 31–36: Domineering Shepherds & Scattered Sheep

Thou Who Wast Rich Beyond All Splendour

Mary, Did You Know?

Luke 15–16: A Son & A Father

Luke 21–22: Denial & Hope

O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

Luke 23–24: Eyewitnesses & Faith

O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus

God’s Word:

Sweeter Than Honey

Psalms 33–35: Fears & Deliverance

Psalms 60–62: Rejection & Promises


Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ Week 35: House On The Rock


Organizing Love

Reflections on 2 Corinthians 1:1-11



Sustaining Faith

Genesis 36–39: Cloaks & Lies

Genesis 40–43: Triumph & Testing

Genesis 44–47: Repentance & Reunion

Judges 1–6: Gideon & Battles

Ruth: Love & Redemption

Psalm 12–14: The Afflicted & The Psalms

Tender Mercies & Tough Times

Lamentations: Desolation & Hope

My soul has been rejected from peace;
I have forgotten happiness.
So I say, “My strength has perished,
And so has my hope from the LORD.”
Remember my affliction and my wandering,
the wormwood and bitterness.
Surely my soul remembers
And is bowed down within me.

This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.
The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I have hope in Him.”

The LORD is good to those who wait for Him,
To the person who seeks Him.
Lamentations 3:17–26

With love in our Lord Jesus Christ,

Heart-[foto & Concept by paul b. toman], Plismo: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

Original content: Copyright ©2011 Iwana Carpenter

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