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Updated: 02/01/2013 07:59:26AM

Unthinkable people in unthinkable storms

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News of a triple tragedy in the lives of longtime friends sent me to the telephone to assure them of our concern and prayers. Their daughter, Carol, had died, the victim of a brain aneurism, a son-in-law had suffered a serious head injury in an automobile accident that required him to be placed in a nursing home and a newborn grandchild had undergone surgery for a malignant brain tumor. All of these unthinkable trials followed the death of another much-loved son-in-law only a year earlier at the end of a courageous but losing battle with cancer.

My call found these wounded ones incredibly positive, choosing to give thanks for God’s love rather than focusing on their losses. Their grief was real. But so was their confidence in the Comforter. Even their expressions of concern over the condition of the injured son-in-law and the newborn having to undergo brain surgery were tempered by faith. Nor was there was evidence of anger at God. During this trying time, they had found the One they trust sufficient for every emotional and spiritual need.

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