Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word. Psalm 119:67 BLESSINGS OF BEREAVEMENT by J. R. Miller, 1896 At first we would be disposed to say that no blessings can come out of bereavements. But the grace of God has such wondrous power, that even from the saddest desolating of … Continue reading Blessings of Bereavement
Written by Michael Weis, Bible teacher, Missionary, and Manager of Social Media at Zion’s Hope. https://www.facebook.com/notes/zions-hope/since-god-is-good-why/295166227632776/
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. But, I want to tell them: Yes, you can. If I can, you can. We have no choice in the matter. … Continue reading Surviving Child Loss: Now What?
On Mother's Day Evening 2013, Jonathan Campbell Hamilton, son of Ron and Shelly Hamilton, was taken to Heaven at the age of thirty-four after a long struggle with mental illness. I have heard Mr. Hamilton sing Rejoice in the Lord countless times over many years but never knew until recently about the loss of his … Continue reading Rejoice in the Lord
Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. John 13:7 God's word teaches that a father's duty is to bring up his children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. A loving father will observe his child carefully and, by God's grace, relentlessly weed … Continue reading God Meant It Unto Good
A common question that comes up among bereaved parents has to do with prayer. Specifically, the parent wants to know why, after begging God for the life of her child, the child died anyway. Or perhaps the child himself prayed to get well or a whole prayer chain of people prayed and still the child … Continue reading Why Didn’t God Answer My Prayer?
PART THREE OF A THREE PART SERIES TRIED BY FIRE (Excerpts) A.W. Pink (1886-1952) “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me I shall come forth as gold.”—Job 23:10 3. THE ULTIMATE ISSUE: “I shall come forth as gold.” Observe the tense here. Job did not imagine that he was … Continue reading Lessons From Job Part 3: ‘Tried by Fire’ | A.W. Pink
PART TWO OF A THREE PART SERIES TRIED BY FIRE (Excerpts) A.W. Pink (1886-1952) “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me I shall come forth as gold.”—Job 23:10 2. DIVINE TESTING: “When he hath tried me.” :“The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth … Continue reading Lessons From Job Part 2: ‘Tried by Fire’ | A.W. Pink
Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Psalm 139:5 I do not believe in accidents. If I thought the crash was “just an accident”, a freak chance event, I might just lose myself in despair, in the pointlessness of it. It would take an impossible amount of faith for … Continue reading An Act of Love and Sovereign Purpose
PART ONE OF A THREE PART SERIES TRIED BY FIRE (Excerpts) A.W. Pink (1886-1952) “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me I shall come forth as gold.”—Job 23:10 Job here enunciates a noble view of life. How splendidly optimistic he was! He did not allow his afflictions to turn … Continue reading Lessons From Job Part 1: ‘Tried by Fire’ | A.W. Pink
Why?... Yes, there is sin in the world, and death and suffering, and so it will be until Jesus comes back. But Why me? many want to know. Why my child? The answer to that question is far too complex for us to understand. I do not think, in any loss, the answer could be simple, … Continue reading Why?
"I do not know what the Lord has planned for us. I rest in the fact that He is God and He knows what He is doing. I began this journey without knowing all the twists and turns it may involve. But my Captain knows all. I do not need to fret or peer over … Continue reading Re-Post: Empty Stalls, Empty Beds
In this interview there is special encouragement for women who have suffered sexual assault, for parents who have experienced child loss (segment three), and for anyone who has endured extreme trauma. Take a break and spend a few minutes with this refreshingly pleasant and amazing woman. Click here to watch video
Anger is destructive. It is a nasty weapon in the arsenal of the Destroyer. How’s it working for you? Does it not make you unbelievably tired? Wouldn’t you like to lay it down and walk away? Wouldn’t you like to replace it with something more productive, something more God-honoring? Wouldn’t you like to rest? Read … Continue reading Revised Post: Angry At God