When Tragedy Strikes

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Published on: December 1, 2015

“And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.” -Genesis 6:6

Thanksgiving started out as a special holiday where our family was able to get together with my oldest brother and his wife and our nephews and nieces, some of which we had not seen in years. We gathered around in a circle to spend time reflecting on our thankfulness to God for all He has done, shortly after this special time, my wife received a phone call. It was her very best friend from college. Her friend had received word that her 24-year-old son had been killed. At the time, there were no details as to what had happened. My wife’s friend only knew her son was dead. Needless to say, this was a blow to all of us. A young man in the prime of his life and suddenly, his life was taken from him.

Compare this story with the recent shooting in Colorado at the Planned Parenthood facility. Today, there are people in shock, disbelief and tremendous sorrow over the tragic loss of loved ones being taken from their lives. There’s no doubt politicians will use and even spin this tragedy to their benefit, and it does not dismiss the fact this organization terminates the lives of the innocent unborn, but what about those that have to directly deal with the grief and suffering that goes with the loss? How will any new laws or even enforcement of existing laws bring their loved ones back?

Today, you may be hurting. You may have gone through some horrible tragedy in your life; the loss of a loved one, the complete detour and change of plans as some event has forever changed your life. How do you deal with the pain, the disbelief, the overwhelming sense of loss and the seemingly hopeless condition you find yourself in? First, recognize you are not alone. Everyone will, at some point in their life, have to deal with tragedy. Granted, the death of a loved one who has lived a long and fulfilling life may be easier to handle than a young child who expectantly is taken away, but still there is painful hurt and loss in each situation. There must be hope and help from somewhere.

It may help to know God grieves. We are told that God grieved just before the flood of Noah, because of the way He saw His creation destroying themselves.

The Bible also tells us in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 that God knows how to comfort us as well. It says, “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4] Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

When life brings tragedy, friend know that God is and always will be there to bring comfort. He is the best comforter because He knows what we are really feeling. We also see that after we go through the tragedy, God can and will often use our past circumstance as a way to bring comfort to someone who is now going through a similar tragedy. It is amazing to me that the very God the atheists and agnostics dismiss from their lives, is also the very God that could bring the comfort they need, if they would only acknowledge Him.

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