Wednesday, March 4, 2009

John 16:33

Being a "newbie" to the land of Blogging, I have learned that it really makes the world a smaller place. I have visited and read so many blogs over the past few months and am amazed at how many people have suffered similar losses to mine. It can be, at times, overwhelming at the number of people who are suffering and facing trials and heartache.

Being from a rather large family, I have seen my fair share of firsthand suffering and tragedy. There have been times when I feel like there is a massive bulls-eye on my family that troubles and sorrow keep landing on. Today was one of those days.

I got word this morning that one of my first cousins' 19 year old son was killed yesterday in a car accident. The sting of death never fails to get to me, but now more than ever---especially when a child is involved. I know that 19 years old isn't a "child", but really it is. Parents are not supposed to outlive their children. It's not supposed to happen like this.

My heart hurts for my cousin who lost his son. It hurts for my Uncle & Aunt who lost their oldest grandson. I hurt for them, because I know what lies ahead and I wish they did not have to walk this valley that their lives has turned into. I am thankful that they have our Heavenly Father to see them through the days, months, and years ahead.

My verse of scripture for my memory team for Feb. 15-28th seems quite fitting for today.

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." - John 16:33

I have to remind myself often that God never promised we wouldn't face heartache, but he did say he'd never leave us!
Thank you, Lord, for your unending mercy and love.



Crystal said...

Annie, I'll be keeping your family in my prayers. That verse is especially fitting, like you said, and even further proof that God provides things that are so fitting in times of need. In a situation like that it can be so easy to be angry and turn from Him, but I can only pray that, like you and Devin, they will turn to Him and take refuge in the fact that He is the ultimate comforter and healer.

The Smiffy's said...

Beth Moore's study on Esther is so perfect for this. The most frequent verse in the bible is "Don't be afraid, fear not! Says the Lord." God has perfect timing, even though we don't always agree with him at the moment. He can see the bigger picture when we can't. I will be praying for your family. Much Love.

Marla Taviano said...

Oh, Annie. I'm so sorry. I prayed for your family just now.

I don't know if you've been following Baby Cora's story, but her first b-day is tomorrow.

Lyndsay said...

Annie, I hadn't heard about this. Would you mind telling me who it was? You can email me if you don't want to post it. Thanks

Aunt B said...

FUSION (Wed. Night Service for youth)last night was on Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Take time to reread the Daniel 3. Our God is there with us.

I am praying for Doug and rest of the family. Let us know if we can do anything for the family.
We love you.

LuLu said...

So sorry to hear about this...praying for you and your family!!

Becky said...

Praise God for unending mercy and love and THANK YOU for that scripture...It is MY VERSE!!!! I take comfort in knowing that no matter how BIG my situation, HE OVERCOME THE WORLD!!!! He can help me out of ????....That is MY VERSE!!!! I can't believe you posted it!!!! I love you!