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Refuge in Tragedy

Ecclesiastes 9:12  People can never predict when hard times might come. Like fish in a net or birds in a trap, people are caught by sudden tragedy.

Tragic things in life always seems to come so unexpected.
My heart is so heavy for those who have found themselves at the center of devastating circumstances.
I received a text message yesterday, asking me to keep a young bride in prayer…
We’ve never met, but my heart was filled with compassion for her as I learned that only hours after her wedding she and her new husband were in a car accident.
Her groom didn’t make it.
This precious young woman became a bride and a widow within twenty-four hours.
Then…  the news is filled with even more devastating stories.
Tornadoes ripping through the Midwest of our country.
People homeless and desperately seeking for their loved ones.
Violence in middle eastern countries continue to cause ever increasing death tolls and devastation.
Sometimes, the hard times are beyond what we can handle.
Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.
Our human efforts to help and comfort are needed and necessary but, God is the only one who can truly heal the pain to depth of the soul.
For all who find themselves in the midst of unexpected tragedy, my compassionate prayers are with you, that God himself will restore and heal you.  That His strength will sustain you and that you will feel His very present help in your time of hardship.  May God turn your devastation into hope once again.   In Jesus Name, Amen

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