We also started Rick and Kay Warren's sermon series "How to Get Through What You're Going Through." We will be getting together every Tuesday night to continue the series. Their son died in April 2013, and they speak from their own experience about how they made it through such a dark season in their lives.
The gist of what we started tonight is that in the midst of trials and loss when your mind is full of so many questions and wanting to ask why, cling to what you know. He talked about three unchanging truths we can cling to:
1. Life doesn't make sense, but know we can have peace
because we know God is with us and God loves us.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned
and the flame shall not consume you.
2. Everything on earth is broken, but we can still have joy
because we know God is good and He has a greater plan.
And we know that for those who love God all things
work together for good, for those who are called
according to His purpose.
3. Life is a battle, but we can have hope because
we know there is more to the story.
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed,
but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken;
struck down, but not destroyed... knowing that He who
raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring
us with you into His presence.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9,14
I would highly recommend this sermon series to anyone who is going through an extreme trial or difficult loss. Your spirit will be encouraged and blessed. I am so excited to continue doing this with my family, and I am so thankful to have this family to walk through life with.
God is good - even in this trial. He is good.
"This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it."