This week has begun with shock and tragedy. On Sunday Carol J. died in her sleep. Yesterday, Emma W.’s grandson was killed in a freak traffic accident and tomorrow, a young man from our community will be remembered and buried, the result of another traffic accident.
Shock, tragedy and much grief accompany those who are left behind. We grieve with those who grieve (Romans 12:15). And yet our witness is to a God who wallows with us in the brokenness of life.
We believe that there is something redemptive about all these difficulties we face in life. St. Paul pointed this out as he reflected on his own sufferings and what he heard God say to him about it (1 Corinthians 12:9-10):
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Our witness is also to the God who not only suffered with us and for us through Christ’s own death, but also the one who offers us hope in these times. In Christ’s resurrection we see the ultimate victory of God over our greatest enemy: death.
By faith in the promises God has made to us in Christ, we can face pain, suffering and even death with courage, strength and hope.
Please surround these families with your prayers and presence. May you be for them a sign, foretaste and instrument of God’s kingdom.