Finding Strength in Times of Tragedy

Last night, by her hospital bed, I watched helplessly as a beautiful & joyful 4-year-old girl named Jayden Kerns left this world and went home to be with Jesus. In a tragic moment of heartbreak and devastation that rocks a family to their very core, there are no Hallmark Card Cliches that have the power to bring any peace. The Prince of Peace is the only one who can. As I continue to pray for Jayden’s parents and family, I’m reminded that only God has the Power to bring true healing. Through the darkest night and the most painful tears, we can hold tightly to the promises of our God. Let me share with you some of God’s Promises that brought me hope last night…

1. God is not Distant from our Pain. Sometimes we falsely see God as a cold, distant judge who is disconnected for our reality. The truth is, “God is near to the brokenhearted” and even the shortest verse in the Bible, “Jesus wept” reminds us that God  feels our pain. He says, “never will I leave you or forsake you.” He is with you in your pain.

2. All Pain is Temporary. The Bible says that one day “Jesus will wipe away every tear from our eyes” and “there will be no more crying or mourning or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

3. God will one day set everything right. He is in control even when the world is out of control and The Bible says that He will finally “make everything new.” He will set right all that been broken and restore all that has been taken away. The temporary tragedies and injustices of this brief life will one day be eclipsed by the eternal glory God has in store for us!

We can cling to God’s promises when the storms of life rage at their worst. Here are a few of those promises that have brought me peace in troubled times. I pray that these bring you peace as well…

‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Romans 8:1

“For I know the plans I have for you declares the LORD; plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

“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.  For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 13:18

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3 thoughts on “Finding Strength in Times of Tragedy

  1. Sara Simmons says:

    Sweet Jayden…we were so blessed to have spent time with you. As you dance in Heaven, know there are so many lives on earth you have touched. We’ll find the strength to handle your loss. We’ll kiss your mom and hug your dad, trying to comfort them in their sorrow..we love you baby girl! God Bless and Rest in Peace.

  2. Amy Smllwd says:

    Having been close to a small child who was taken by sickness…I have to admit this has become the biggest stumbling block of my faith. How can I possibly stand and say that if we’ll just ask and believe that God will work a miracle. It doesn’t always happen. Sometimes we pray and believe, fast, fall before God…and children still die. It’s been four years and I still struggle with this. How do you overcome this kind of hit to your faith?

    • soulcaffeine says:

      amy, thank you for your honesty. I can relate to your struggle. Just two weeks ago I stood by the bed of a 4-year old girl as she left this world and went home to be with Jesus. All of us were praying for a miracle. Her parents called out to God with desperate and sincere faith, but our prayers were not answered the way we wanted. In those moments or darkness and despair, it’s important to trust God event in our pain and to realize that one day, He will set everything right. In the meantime, He is working in our pain and out of the broken pieces of our hearts, He is creating something beautiful.

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