Impression of A Grieving Church

“When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll”

An entire congregation is brought to its knees in a horrible beautiful way, weeping for something that they can not ever replace. Nor would they ever wish to. There is a wound now, a gaping red wound. The regular services are canceled and the pastor up front states that there are no words to describe this loss. You can feel it in the air, this tangible, horrible tragedy.

“Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul”

Three people have been lost in a car accident. Three souls have flown away to heaven. They were too good for this world. We long to be among them, and we rejoice in their joy but weep for ourselves, left behind in this broken world.

It is well
With my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul.”

The church reacts as any ordinary family would. They weep. They hold each other. Tears flow easily and words come hard. It is the most painful beauty that we can ever experience. The bitter taste of a brush with death. The harsh sting of being left behind. They ask the hardest question known to mankind, looking up at the heavens.

Why? Why did you do this?

“Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control.”

But through it all is a steady thread that the congregation grabs onto, strength flowing along that taut line. It grounds them, keeping their heads above the waters of grief. The thread is Jesus. We do not understand why this horrible tragedy befell us, but we do know this.

Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul



14 thoughts on “Impression of A Grieving Church

  1. Keep writing my little adopted sister! God has obviously given you a gift to touch people through the written word. Continue to use it and refine it for His glory! Thanks for sharing, you are amazing πŸ™‚

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