Sunday, March 24, 2013

Faith in the face of Tragedy

Dear Readers,
My mother received a letter from one our followers recently and we wanted to share her powerful story with all of you.  It is an amazing example of how blessings can come from great tragedy and loss.  Today is Palm Sunday, and in church we studied Matthew 16: 21-28.  This is the passage that talks about when Jesus is telling his disciples that he must go back to Jerusalem where he will suffer 'many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life."  Peter, like most of us I am sure, immediately has a response of, "Never, Lord!  This shall never happen to you!"  Jesus famously responds, "Get behind me, Satan!  You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."  Like Peter, we are human, and we cannot see the big picture like God can.  Peter couldn't see the entire picture because it hand't unfolded yet.  He had a human response--the response of someone who does not want to see someone they dearly love --suffer, much less be tortured and murdered.  Jesus knew however, that he had to do this--to make the ultimate sacrifice so that all of us could one day enter into the gates of heaven.  We all know that NOW.  But to Peter, the things to come were incomprehensible.
Most of as some point in our life are going to be able to relate to Peter.  Relate to not being able to see the big picture.  But the amazing faith of so many of you is inspiring.  Scarlett's story I am sure will inspire you like it has us.  Please keep praying for Scarlett H. and her family. 
March 2013
Hi Kathy,
Thank you so much for all the prayers . I will pray for Karen H so that God can heal her too.
My story is just unfolding but God has already shown me his power.  I was diagnosed last December when I was pregnant with my second child.  I had the lump a year before when I was pregnant with my first child but two surgeons discard it as a benign cyst.  Because of my pregnancy the lump grew bigger and I demanded a biopsy. I lost the baby to a chromosomal defect called trisonomy 13, but I know he was the angel that came to announce to us that I was in danger.  We named him Angel. If God hadn't sent him I might still be walking undiagnosed. For years I had tried to get pregnant without success.  I feel that God wants me to pray for others and give his faithful testimony.


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