Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Triumph in Tragedy

For dear friends who are going through a severe time of suffering and grief.

Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)
     For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Father there are days in life that seem senseless, futile and useless. Logic is no help, reason is no comfort and counsel is no hope. It is a pit with no bottom, a room with no door, and a life with no meaning. Such are some of the desperate days in which people struggle to survive.

Yet it is into this gloom of existence that You demonstrate the greatness of Your glorious wisdom and power. It is the wonder of Your grace achieving Your purpose, which so often exceeds mere human understanding. We exclaim with the Apostle Paul: “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

And Father it is the assuring certainty of our faith in You that enables us to do more than just survive. It is because of Your promise in Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

We praise You Father for triumph in tragedy, through the name of Jesus, who is the very expression of Your wisdom, power and love. Amen.


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