One of the most painful things I face as a Pastor is when people in our church go through difficult circumstances. A few years ago I received news that one of the dearest brothers in our church has suffered a severe heart attack and passed away. He was only 52 years old, and left his wife and two college-aged daughters.
My heart broke for the family, and for our church. We had truly suffered a great loss.
A friend you can trust
We live in a day and age that offers more assistance and resources then ever before. Advances in technology and communication give people instant access to information. Yet, in the final analysis there are still many situations which are beyond explanation. There are no quick and easy answers.
Our human nature wants to ask God, “Why did this happen?” We can even grow resentful and bitter towards God, after all, “How could a loving God allow this to happen?”
I do not claim to have a complete answer to these questions, nor would I trust anyone who did, but I read something that helped. It’s a quote of Martin Luther’s from a time when he faced immeasurable difficulties and attack. His words echoed in my heart and gave me strength, I hope they do yours as well…
I know not the way I am going,
But well do I know my Guide;
With a childlike trust I give my hand,
To the mighty Friend by my side.