Loss

August 2, 2017

Good Morning Church Family!

 

This week has been a very trying and tough week. On Monday, I just couldn't get into the want to work mode; so many probably know what I mean. Yesterday( every time I turned around I felt like another catastrophe slapped me in the face. I just wanted a do-over. 

 

I realized I had sent an email to the wrong lady on Monday afternoon. So yesterday when I got to my desk I called up Mrs. Teresa to apologize. When we started getting into our conversation I started to realize that it was not a mistake that I sent this email to her at all. I truly believe God was working through me and this email that was meant for another Teresa on campus. Mrs. Teresa and I have had many conversations regarding work related issues; even had conversations about animals she had and other small things. This conversation she began to tell me how trying and tough her July 2017 had been on her and her family. She told me about the unexpected death of her sister. She had provided so much detail on the events leading up to the extremely hard decision on what they had to make with regards to her being on life support. I couldn't help but listen. I truly felt like God wanted me to just listen and allow her to just talk to someone about it. So; I listened. This was one of the many events that had happened to her and her family this month. She went into such detail about some other trying times she had had throughout the month. Of course, they were not nearly as tragic as her sister's passing. I asked her if I could pray for her and mentioned that I wrote daily devotionals and if it would be okay to write one about her recent loss? She said yes and was so appreciative. My problems seemed so tiny and irrelevant after I hung up the phone with her. I tried to let the things that were bugging me go. She was just so open and it really had me thinking all day how much I was looking forward to sharing this morning. 

 

The recent weeks our Church Family has lost loved ones. Our Church Family are dealing with health issues. It can be really hard to loose someone close to you.  Terri and I lost the woman ("Grandmother") that really lit the fire in our hearts for one another earlier this year. We even dealt with the loss of her amazing mother several years ago. We question God on why. We don't understand how it happens. We wonder and beat ourselves up thinking if we could of just done this differently things would have been different. We pray for one another for their comfort, understanding and that God is working His plan for us all. Yes, it hurts, but God is in control and we have to learn to accept that. Believe me, I do not like to see someone hurting or in mourning - I actually get emotional too. I find myself in their place and wondering if I would have the strength and courage to deal with the loss of a loved one. I honestly do not have the answer. I found some verses below I believe to be helpful for those dealing with the pain and suffering from a death of a loved one.

 

Joshua 1:9
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

 

Romans 8:28
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

 

Matthew 5:4
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."

 

Please continue to pray for our friends and family dealing with a loss in their family. Pray for those you know of dealing with health problems and that God will provide the strength and healing hand to get them through it. Pray for our Missions Team in Ecuador. Pray for our Country and our world. Pray for what weighs heavy on your heart. Praise Him for all of His glories!

 

Prayer is so important; keep talking to God and he will provide the understanding, strength, and love we all need.

 

 

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