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Friday, February 24 2017

Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.  -1 Thessalonians 4:13

Even all these years after losing our seventeen-year-old daughter Melissa in a car accident in 2002, I sometimes find myself entering the world of "What If." It's easy, in grief, to reimagine the events of that tragic June evening and think of factors that-if rearranged-would have had Mell arriving safely home.
In reality, though, the land of "What If" is not a good place to be for any of us. It is a place of regret, second-guessing, and hopelessness. While the grief is real and the sadness endures, life is better and God is honored if we dwell in the world of "What Is."

When we do face hard times, our greatest help comes from trusting God.

In that world, we can find hope, encouragement, and comfort. We have the sure hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13)-the assurance-that because Melissa loved Jesus she is in a place that is "better by far" (Philippians 1:23). We have the helpful presence of the God of all comfort (2 Cor. 1:3). We have God's "ever-present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1). And we often have the encouragement of fellow believers.

We all wish to avoid the tragedies of life. But when we do face hard times, our greatest help comes from trusting God, our sure hope in the land of What Is.

Prayer for Today

Father God, You know my broken heart. You know the pain of loss because You suffered through the death of Your Son. In the midst of ongoing sorrow, help me to dwell in the comfort of Your hope, encouragement, and comfort. Amen.

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