Saturday, January 19, 2008

A hard day

Yesterday was a hard day! You can't anticipate days like this, and they are hard to describe afterward....

In the morning we got word of a house fire. Thinking it was one our staff's homes, Brent and I ran out there to make sure they were ok. Fortunately it wasn't their home, but sadly it was the home of a woman who had just lost her husband within the last year, and now she has lost her home as well.

At noon I met with one of our men for lunch. After we got our orders taken he starts with this, "I'm having a hard time with a few thing. First, I am having a hard time understanding how a good God could...." That's how the lunch started, and it got much deeper after that.

After getting back to the church and catching my breath the police department calls to send me out on a home situation. Apparently a 14 year old boy went into the bathroom looking for his dad, and found him dead on the floor. I went to sit with this young man until his mom got home from work. It was a very sad 10 minutes. This was completely unexpected, and the young man and his mother were in shock, as anyone would be.

In a world filled with loss and sadness I often have to come back to what Jesus said for direction,

Mat 11:28 "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.
Mat 11:30 "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."


Anonymous said...

Those events are all tragic and bring tears to my eyes. There is so much pain in the world, and it is heartbreaking. Thank you for being there for these poeple, and for sharing your heart with them.

GramCrackers said...

Mike, I'm sorry you had so much to deal with yesterday. But I'm sure those you were dealing with were thanking God for sending you. I pray you will have some time to rest and recover.

Schweers' Mom said...

I'm so sorry for the bad day, Mike. But I know you were a blessing to that young man just by being there with him. What a reality check! Come, Lord Jesus, Come!