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God Will Make A Way in a Tragedy

2 Thessalonians 3:1 Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. (NIV)

In other words, as we depend on the Lord, then we persevere in loving each other like Christ did. As we depend on the Lord, then we persevere in doing what’s right even when it’s hard.

Several years ago, Don Moen was awakened in the middle of the night with a phone call. His mother-in-law had called to tell him of a tragic car accident involving his wife’s sister, Susan. Susan and her husband, Craig, and their four little boys were on a trip when the tragedy occurred. Jeremy, age eight and the oldest of the four boys, was killed instantly. The others were seriously injured.

As Don and his wife grieved and poured out their hearts to the Lord, they felt helpless at communicating hope and grace to Susan and Craig. Don recalls how God helped him through the tragedy. “It was as if the Lord gave me these words,” he said.

God will make a way when there seems to be no way.

He works in ways we cannot see. He will make a way for me.

He will be my guide; hold me closely to his side.

With love and strength for each new day, he will make a way.

(Don Moen, God Will Make a Way, 1990, Integrity’s Hosanna! Music/ASCAP;

You see, in difficult times, God gives us what we need to find strength for each new day. God gives us what we need to keep on going. God gives us what we need to minister to one another.

From a sermon by C. Philip Green, Anticipating Advent -- Part III, 12/19/2009

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