Sometimes tragedy hits very close to home

Yesterday, between our morning services, one of my dear friends from church was standing in the lobby looking troubled. I approached and asked how she was doing. She was not doing well. She had just received a phone call from her dad. Her brother is connected with Y-WAM in Denver. He had just dropped his roommate and his roommate’s girlfriend off at the dormitory. Fifteen minutes later her brother got a phone call; the girl’s life and another friend had been taken and his roommate was in critical condition with a bullet in his throat.

In God’s providence I was preaching on prayer that morning. We took some time to pray for these events at the beginning of the second service. It was a sweet time of koinonia.

As an encouragement to the pastors who read this blog, sometimes tragedies like the one in Nebraska or the fires in SD or floods in Indonesia escape our attention because they are too far from home. But when those events come close to home, we are quickly sobered to counsel and prayer. Let the events of tragedy that come into our purview cause us to pray for those affected. Let us exhort the people under our care to pray for those who are devastated by these tragedies. We simply never know if and when those events might come to our doorstep. At those moments we’ll covet the prayers of our brothers and sisters in Christ across the world.

Please keep this dear family in prayer and especially the families of all those who lost children in this heinous act. At moments like this I cling to 2 Cor 1:3-5

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Rick,

    Excellent thoughts, brother. The Lord’s providence is indeed perfect. Keep pressing on there with the ministry.

    Blessings to you. Hey, remember those “Kitchen Theology’s??” :=)

  2. Posted by Mike Jarvis on December 10, 2007 at 11:00 pm

    This past week my parent’s home was devastated by the floods that hit the western side of Washington state. They are unbelievers and are grieving as those without hope. Your comments are very timely, Rich. Thank you!

    Mike

  3. Posted by Greg Smith on December 11, 2007 at 2:03 am

    Good word. Very encouraging.

    This particular incident DID hit me close to home. I preached on Proverbs 2 Sunday and afterward, my wife and I went to dinner with two other couples. I had just arrived back home and was thinking about a nap when I got a call from my daughter. Both she and her brother are attending schools at New Life Church in Colorado Springs where the second shooting took place. I had to calm her down to understand what had happened and that she was all right. My son had left immediately after church to have lunch with some friends. He was not even aware of the incident until we told him. All this is pretty close to home.

    The verses you shared from 2 Cor are the ones I shared with our body via email today. Thanks for the confirmation.

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