So I found out on Wednesday evening that one of the pastors at my church passed away tragically – and most unexpectedly, too. I did not know him personally, but as he recently presided over the Christmas services from this past Sunday and Monday, I suspect that many of us in the congregation are experiencing this news quite deeply. He was a man of great faith and love for the Lord, and a man who treasured his family, too.
Tomorrow is not promised to any of us, so if your eyes pop open each morning, pause and thank God for giving you another day! Sure, life may be challenging at times, but let’s try to remember that each day is a gift.
Will you pray with me?
Dear Lord, I cannot pretend to understand what Your plan is here, but I ask for Your comfort and peace to surround the family of our pastor who passed away so recently. Also, please comfort those of us in the congregation who are processing this news. This is a reminder to me that I need not have known a man personally in order for him to have made an impression on me, so I thank You for his life and legacy. While I do not understand why this has happened, I do trust You and Your plan – even when it does not make sense – and this anchor provides a glimmer of hope, even in the most troubling of circumstances. In Your name I pray, amen.