Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

            This past week was a difficult one.  When we gathered for our Wednesday service it was mentioned that we needed to pray for those who were killed from New Braunfels.  There were 13 senior adults from First Baptist, New Braunfels that were killed in an accident just after they had left a retreat.  One remains in critical condition and the driver of the pickup is in stable condition.

            I believe that I have heard every possible scenario leading up to the accident.  But one thing I know for sure is that there are families that are in the midst of a major spiritual struggle as they deal with the loss of their loved ones.  Hearts are surely breaking as they seek to find answers for their questions.

            I listened to the pastor share what they would be doing as a church to provide spiritual care for the people of the church as well as the families.  He shared how they would have counselors available to visit with people in need.  I thought how difficult it would be to bring peace in the midst of this time.

            As I have listened to others question the actions of the young driver of the pickup it breaks my heart.  I can’t imagine the anguish his heart feels as the realization of what has taken place sinks in.  We don’t know for sure at this point what took place in the cab of that pickup, but I know it has impacted his life from this point on.

            On Sunday I asked our church family to be in prayer for First Baptist Church New Braunfels as well as for the families whose loved ones died.  I also asked them to pray for that young man as the full realization for what had taken place became evident to him.

            As I considered the struggle of the church family at New Braunfels as well as the families that were impacted by the deaths, my heart was heavy.  I recognize that there have been other incidents that have impacted lives that were tough to handle.  It would seem that regardless of what it is, they need to experience the peace of God in their lives.

            God has promised that regardless of what we face, He will be with us.  But we have to trust Him.  Job was a man that was ‘blameless, upright, fearing God, and turning away from evil.’  Job 1:1.  Then he lost his animals, his servants and his children (Job 1:13-19).  He ultimately said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there.  The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.  Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

            Then his body was covered in boils.  His wife said, “Curse God and die!”  But Job said – “…Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” (Job 2:10b).  On Job’s journey he encountered ‘friends’ that gave him advice along the way.  Yet he continued to trust God.

            I can’t imagine what these families are going through at this time, but I truly believe that God is still in control.  They must continue to trust the Lord.  Proverbs 3:5-6 says – 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

            Job trusted God and God continues to call us to trust Him even when we don’t understand what all is going on.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul