My blogging friends and family, I ask today for prayer for a dear family in my church, as well as our church family. Very unexpectedly, one of the men in our church, Paul Kuck, went home to be with the Lord after a severe work related accident. Paul leaves behind his wife Sherri and 3 beautiful young daughters. Paul was very active in our church, in several capacities. He was a wonderful man who dearly loved the Lord and loved his family. He was a good friend to many and was loved very much by all. Though we are rejoicing in the knowledge that Paul is with the Lord, our hearts are breaking for his dear sweet family. He will be very much missed. A friend and I both had an identical thought yesterday of a memory of Paul playing his guitar and singing with Sherri and the girls at church and what a blessing it always was. That is just one of many memories he leaves with us.
It is so hard to know just what to say at a time like this. We question why these things happen, all the while knowing that God truly has a reason for it that we may never know. His plan for all of us and His timing is always perfect. Someday, when we are called home to be with the Lord ourselves, perhaps we will learn the answers. In the meantime, we just need to put our trust in the Lord. “The Lord is near the broken hearted” (Psalm.34:18).
As I thought about the words to share today, I prayed for the Lord’s guidance. Almost immediately he sent an answer to that prayer! Two answers actually! The first was the following post from a dear young friend at church who posted these words and accompanied them with the words to a beautiful hymn! She has allowed me to share her post in this blog. (Thank you Missy!)
“Beautiful Hymn, such words that speak right to the soul in the midst of a difficult tragedy. God is more than good, always.”
“The God of all comfort” comforts us in all our troubles “so that we can comfort others in any trouble” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).