Scripture writing in grief is a deeply comforting practice. While grieving often makes Bible study hard because focus is difficult or emotions leave you too numb to know where to start, hand copying scripture is simple and easy. A scripture writing plan in grief roots God’s word in your heart to find comfort and hope in shattering loss.
After my husband died, I needed God’s word more than I needed food. God’s word became my daily reset where I could give God my heartbreak, sadness, fear and questions and let Him comfort and anchor me in the truth of His character and promises.
When so much feels uncontrollable in grief, writing scripture is an intentional step we can take to help navigate emotions, process grief and renew real hope.
I gathered 31 of my favorite Bible verses to grieve with hope to create this printable scripture writing plan. This grief scripture writing plan includes verses about God’s comfort, how God sees and redeems our tears, how God heals the brokenhearted and about God’s promise of heaven.
What is Scripture Writing?
Scripture writing is a simple practice of copying by hand a Bible verse or passage. Handwriting scripture helps us see it in a fresh way. As we write, we’re able to focus on each word, its meaning, and its application. Hand copying God’s word slows us down to let God apply it to our broken heart. Scripture writing helps us remember the verse and to meditate on it throughout the day. And finally, the act of writing itself can be cathartic in grief. It’s a tangible declaration of God’s truth our heart and emotions need.
In the chaos that often comes in loss, through swirling thoughts or tsunami emotions, scripture writing is an easy way to be still and know that He is God.
How to Use Scripture Writing in Grief?
Start with a journal and pen that will inspire you to pause each day and write. These journals are my favorite and this is my dream pen. If you’re already journaling your grief or keeping a gratitude journal, simply fold scripture writing into the journal you’re already using.
1. Handwrite the scripture. As you copy the day’s verse, focus on each word. Word mapping is a great way to flesh out the verse’s meaning.
2. Ask questions to study the Bible verse.
- Does this verse reveal God’s character?
- Does this verse reveal God’s promise?
- Does this verse teach me how to navigate life now?
- Does this verse teach me about eternal life to come?
- How can I align my heart to the truth in this verse?
3. Pray the scripture.
Use the Bible verse to pray over your circumstance. Praying scripture is a wonderful way to pray God’s word back to Him and to pray in the will of God. If the verse reveals God’s character, praise and thank God for that attribute. If the verse reveals one of God’s promises, pray that promise in advance and ask God to give you eyes to see how He is working. If the verse teaches about navigating life here or eternity, ask God to align your heart and hope to His truth.
4. Meditate on the scripture.
Hand copying each Bible verse helps us focus on it through the day. If you’re feeling anxious or the enemy begins whispering lies, use the day’s verse to resettle on truth. I’ve found the longer I think on a verse, the more the Holy Spirit teaches me about that verse.
The Scripture Writing Plan in Grief
You can start this scripture writing plan anytime. No need to wait till the first of a new month. We’ve created a beautiful copy of the full scripture writing plan for you to download and keep in your Bible or journal. Click on the graphic above or subscribe here to get your copy.
1. Psalm 34:18
2. Psalm 147:3
3. Isaiah 61:3
4. Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4
5. Job 1:21
6. Psalm 56:8
7. Psalm 126:5-6
8. Psalm 30:5
9. Psalm 30:11-12
10. 1 Thessalonians 4:13
11. 1 Thessalonians 4:14-15
12. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
13. 1 Corinthians 15:19-20
14. 1 Corinthians 15:26
15. 1 Corinthians 15:52
16. 1 Corinthians 15:54
17. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
18. 2 Corinthians 4:16
19. 2 Corinthians 4:17
20. 2 Corinthians 4:18
21. Isaiah 25:8
22. Job 19:25-26
23. Psalm 23:4
24. Psalm 46:1
25. Psalm 94:18
26. Psalm 119:50
27. Deuteronomy 33:27
28. John 14:2-3
29. John 16:22
30. Rev 21:4
31. Psalm 27:13