My dear brother, My heart goes out to you in sympathy in this dark hour, and I feel my helplessness to comfort you. The loss you have sustained is far greater than any human creature can make up--your suffering is too acute for any fellow-mortal to alleviate. I may endeavor to pour into your sorely-wounded … Continue reading Letter to a Stricken Soul -A.W. Pink
"...streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise." https://www.facebook.com/CalebWBass/videos/1756451007834521/ Hans' Favorite Hymn In 1752, a young Robert Robinson attended an evangelical meeting to heckle the believers and make fun of the proceedings. Instead, he listened in awe to the words of the great preacher George Whitefield, and in 1755, at the age … Continue reading Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
1. On that bright and golden morning, when the Son of Man shall come, And the radiance of His glory we shall see; When from ev’ry clime and nation He shall call His people home, What a gath’ring of the ransomed that will be! Refrain What a gath’ring, what a gath’ring, What a gath’ring of … Continue reading What A Gathering
Believing . . . that God rules all, that He governs wisely, that He brings good out of evil the believer is enabled calmly to meet each trial as it comes. He can in the spirit of true resignation pray, "Send me what you will, my God--so long as it comes from You! A bad … Continue reading Believing
When someone is widowed in old age or loses an elderly parent, perhaps after a long decline in health, we can easily understand that there is tremendous grief and sadness felt by loved ones left behind. We can identify with what they are going through, to a certain extent, because the loss follows the usual … Continue reading Child Loss: Why We Are Uncomfortable
What if Jesus Christ is God, as He claimed, and you have no substantial reason to believe your child knew anything about Him or the Way of salvation? What if your child died while involved in sin? What if she emphatically rejected Jesus as her Savior? What if you fear your departed child is now … Continue reading Trusting God With Our Departed Child’s Eternity
"When sorrow comes under the power of Divine grace, it works out a manifold ministry in our lives. Sorrow reveals unknown depths in the soul, and unknown capabilities of experience and service. Gay, trifling people are always shallow, and never suspect the little meannesses in their nature. Sorrow is God’s ploughshare that turns up the … Continue reading Sorrow, God’s Plowshare
Sorrow is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. Ecclesiastes 7:3 When you are sitting there alone and you are weeping, and the longing for your child is a thick and expanding heaviness in your chest threatening to erupt from your throat in silent, choking grief. When … Continue reading Walk, Don’t Run.
And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O LORD: thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints. For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD? God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and … Continue reading Blessed
I have begun putting some of Hans' photographs on one page for easy access. Here's the link: AlaskaPhotosByHans
A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth. Ecclesiastes 7:1 A believer's last day is his best day! His dying-day is better than his birthday! This is a very sweet and useful truth to all believers. Death is a change of place. When a … Continue reading Death is a Change of Place
J.R. Miller (1840 - 1912), 'Morning Thoughts' And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison... Mark 6:27 Jesus knows how His followers can best serve Him. He sent the apostles out to teach and heal. John the Baptist, however, He … Continue reading An Untimely Death?
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Psalm 51:17 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. Psalm 28:7 George … Continue reading “The Altar” by George Herbert
I have begun putting together a resource page consisting mostly of books I have found to be helpful in my own loss experience. Here's the link to the new page: youcantrusthim.com/resources
Initially, the pain of child loss is so severe, that it is easy to wonder if it is survivable. Many women say they know, if it happened to them, they could not survive it. I want to tell them: Yes, you can. If I can, you can. We just have to. But here is something … Continue reading Re-Post: Survival is the Starting Point