9/21/10

Good News of the Very Best Kind!

It has taken me a while to jump back into blogging this week {or do anything of a fun and light hearted nature}. A dear family in our community lost their 17 year old daughter in a tragic car accident this past weekend. And as sad as I have been about their loss, I cannot even fathom the depths of pain her family and close friends are going through.

I've wrestled with the question : How do I live in a world in which my children might die?

The thought is too much to bear. I told Stephen Grande that I fear I would cease to be a person if I lost a child - feel like I would shrivel up and die myself if something happened to one of my own.


My pastor opened our worship on Sunday with the only comforting words that exist - All we have is our Savior.

How true. For those of us who know Jesus as our personal Savior - we have eternity with Him. We have life after death. We will see our believing loved ones again. This world is not all there is.

So when I wake in the middle of the night, sick with the thought of my worst fears coming true, I am only consoled by the knowledge that Jesus lives and He is mine. I know that if my earthly life goes completely downhill from this point on- if I, like Job, only know pain, loss, sickness, and strife for the rest of my days - if I never have another good day - I still have been saved from the ultimate death and suffering of hell. And I have a life in heaven to look forward to!

That is good news of the very best kind!

That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10: 9

and

he who believes will have everlasting life. John 6:47

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For much more eloquent words on this subject read this article, Trying to Make Sense of Tragedy, written by one of my former pastors.

7 comments:

Whitney Lee said...

Wow, I've been losing sleep over SEEING a tragic car wreck on Sunday afternoon on our drive home. It was the worst I had ever seen. Everything seemed so trivial after that. I have been tossing and turning with fear of that could happen to me or someone I love, but you are right with your words of comfort in Jesus!

Kim Tramel said...

Thank you

Nell said...

Thanks for sharing these comforting words.

jill said...

See also "God, Why Don't You Stop the Evil," podcast on cpc.auburn.org--sermon written before the tragedy, delivered ten hours afterward.

Erin Caden Rogers said...

Very well said. It definitely puts things in perspective. I'm glad that I read this today.

angie said...

Thank You,Sarah for these words.
It is good to hear the truth in the midst of pain..Christ is all we have! We live as if our children belong to us..they belong to Him.

Casey Cockrum said...

I have been praying for the Jacks Family! Virginia and I met at RYM 2 years ago...she was an incredible young lady! praying for y'all...

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