Archives For Loss

Mourning~

September 4, 2015 — Leave a comment

My friends lost their son on a Sunday afternoon.  He was only 18 and getting ready to graduate from high school and go off to college.  His death was sudden and unexpected and from natural causes.

What can we say at a time like this?  How can we comfort them in an impossible situation?

This family has an intimate relationship with Jesus.  In times like this, only He can truly comfort.  As sad as we were, we have to trust Jesus with everything.  Words are beyond inadequate.

When David and Bathsheba lost their first child, David did something many wouldn’t understand.  In 2 Samuel 13 David fasted and prayed for God to save the stricken child, but when the Lord took the baby, David changed his clothes and worshiped.  When questioned, he answered, “I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.”(v23)  Gwen~

 

God, when I look at my loved ones and see all the heartache and loss they’ve been through.  My heart aches for them.  I’ve even been mad!

Joseph, a man of God, experienced heartache and loss, but thank goodness he worked pasted it all knowing God had a plan.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)

If the events of Joseph’s life hadn’t been just as they were, he wouldn’t have been in the position to help his family or the children of Israel. 

Oh God, that I would remember Joseph’s account from the gospel. When I encounter trials, may I seek to accomplish your purpose.

“Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6, NIV)

Use me… Oh, God for your Kingdom! ~Debra                                                                 * Account of Joseph’s life can be found in Genesis 37-40

Sadness and Sorrow

November 4, 2014 — Leave a comment

                Charlie, my son, plays a tune on the piano called “Sadness and Sorrow.”  It’s a beautiful piece, but it’s definitely name worthy.  Today, many around the world are caught up in sadness and sorrow for a million different reasons.  Here’s an example.

I have friends who have suffered incredible loss in recent days.  Moreover, I have friends who are facing death of a loved one in a few months.  My heart breaks for those in both these circumstances.

How do we get through these unimaginably difficult times?  We turn to the Word, the Bible.  We ask God for help and strength.  Even reading prophetic scripture from the old testament encourages us.

Listen to this which was written some 700 years before His birth: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6 NIV)

I love these names for Jesus!  Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace!  Wow!

November is the beginning of the holiday season, and those “holidays” can evoke a wide range of emotions in people.  Love Heart, He knows you through and through.  He cares that you hurt.  He is able to be your Wonderful Counselor!  Call on the One who can help.  Call on Jesus.  Gwen~

imageA good friend of my sons, and a young man I taught as a youth in Sunday School, was killed this week in a motorcycle accident.

We are all devastated, but we are comforted in knowing that Scott knew Jesus as his personal Savior, and we will see him again someday.

When we lose someone we love unexpectedly in a tragic, senseless accident, it’s always a reminder that we are not promised a tomorrow!

“As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.  But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’S love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children- with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.  The LORD has established his throne in heaven and his kingdom rules over all.”  Psalms 103: 15-19.

Love Heart, if this were your last day on this earth, do you know where you would spend eternity?  image

I pray that you will not wait another second in repenting of your sins (Romans 3:23), knowing God’s great love for you (Romans 5:8), accepting God’s gift (Romans 6:23) and confessing with your mouth…that He is Lord! (Romans 10:9-10)

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.  He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

Today, not Tomorrow~Debra

All in All

March 1, 2013 — Leave a comment

“What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.”(Philippians 3:8, NIV)