Are there any promises for parents in pain?
Moms and dads whose deeply troubled teen or adult children continuously spiral in and out of chaos want some kind of guaranteed ending to their heartache. Can anyone do that for them? Is there any counselor or program out there that claims to make such an offer? Is there anything they can know for sure? Hurting parents search frantically for someone who can give them the hope of a happy ending, something they can hold on to on the dark days. Are any promises they can cling to?
No one ever told us, “There, there now, don’t you worry. Everything is going to be just fine.” If someone did say that, I politely thanked them, then walked away as soon as I could, realizing they meant well but couldn’t understand. I didn’t need false promises. I needed something more solid. Then and now, I turn to Someone who is bigger and stronger than I, who knows all things, and who “gets it”. I turn to God.
Dear friend, when we pray for our sons and daughters, we come together around the promises of God. We trust, we hope, we wait and we say thank you for whatever He gives – or withholds.
While We Wait
Author Henry Nowen wrote, we are “waiting in the knowledge that Someone wants to address us. . .”
One way He addresses us is through His Word, the Scriptures, the Holy Bible.
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true…” 2 Timothy 3:16a
When His Word comes to you, I pray it will become flesh in you and give you a whole new life. O God, this is what we long and pray for in our children’s lives too. We will continue to wait with expectancy. We will remain attuned to your Word as we stand in your Presence – together. This is the only way we can live in such a chaotic world and survive spiritually.
6 Promises for You
To answer the question of the title for this post: Are there any promises for parents in pain? Yes! Many!
These are 6 of the promises I found in the Bible. They are from God to you too. They are for all who believe in Him. And there are many more. My list expanded to 33 which we included in the back of our Hope for Hurting Parents Parent Notebook. I clung to each of them as my bedrock, my solid ground, my strong hope. They can be that for you as well.
“God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’” Hebrews 13:5b
2. God loves me and my child with an unfailing, eternal love.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
3. I have all the help I need from the Holy Spirit – Helper, Advocate, Counselor, Comforter.
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever.” John 14:16
4. Jesus prays for me all the time.
“Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” Hebrews 7:25
5. God will give me the strength and endurance I need.
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall.” Isaiah 40:29-30
6. There is always hope.
“But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure.” Psalm 71:14-15