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Heartache and Tragedy

The Preacher Says

Heartache and Tragedy

By Keith Bellamy

Imagine going on a boat ride and losing your whole family. Unless that has happened to you, you can’t possibly comprehend the loss that people are experiencing in Branson Missouri. That kind of heartache and sorrow is beyond what most of us have ever experienced. So, our prayers are with the families affected by this devastation.

I was flying back to Houston a number of years ago and a lady sitting by me was very nervous. She stated that her son had barely escaped from the first tower of 911 and that she was going to California to see him. She talked about the stress her son endured from 911 and how at age 35 his hair turned completely white almost overnight.

So, what do we do when everything seems to fall apart? Where do we go when another tragedy takes place?

Jesus referred to two events that may have caused some to wonder…when bad things happen to people, do they deserve it or not? Some may have been very self-righteous.

Luke 13:2 - Jesus answered, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? Luke 13:4 - Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them…do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? In verse 3 and 5 He called on them to repent, which is what He would ask us to do if we think we are better than those who suffer.

Jesus was the only One Who understood and I think the same is true today. There are many who suffer from some sort of mental affliction. Some must take medicine and some endure depression that no one seems to understand. Some live believing there is no hope and some describe this life as living in a place of darkness.

I believe our God understands and that we will have to lean on His everlasting arms! Jesus is the LIGHT!

My favorite passage is in 1 Peter 5:7. “Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you!”

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