Thursday, July 31, 2008

"You don't have to be afraid."

Those are the words that pierced my heart as I watched Pastor Greg Laurie speak during a taping of last Sunday’s service at his church, Harvest Christian Fellowship. It was the first Sunday since Pastor Greg and Cathe's oldest son, Christopher, was taken home to be with the Lord as a result of a car accident.

It has to be a nightmare for a parent to lose a child. And yet, our brother in the Lord stood strong as he delivered a message of hope and faith in the midst of his grief.

We may never have to face that kind of trial, but we all find ourselves groping our way through our own shades of darkness at times and Pastor Greg’s encouraging words, because they are words that are true, can help light our way. We really can retain our belief in a good and faithful and holy God even in the face of very difficult trials.

Greg’s strength gave me strength. I pray that his words serve to uphold you when your waves of pain come crashing down, too. I pray that your faith remains no matter what. I pray that you stand strong in our Lord Jesus. I pray that the world sees His light shine through our darkesses and that His light calls to them and tells them that there is a joy and a peace that can only be had in Jesus Christ.

"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under the grain-measure, but on a lampstand. And it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven."
Matthew 5:14-16

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