To Those Who Have Loved and Lost

Jeremiah 29:11 (Note: This message was originally preached as part of an annual county-wide memorial service for families of traffic fatalities.) Grief is an experience common to all of us. We all lose someone we love at sometime. The difference lies in the names and circumstances of our losse

Coping With Grief

Job 40:1-5, 42:1-6 Sometimes when I am with groups of children, I say to them, "If you could ask God any question, what would you ask Him?" Children raise questions like these: Why do dogs chase cats? Where does the sky end? Who does God's job when he is on vacation? Is it true that my f

I’ll Hold You Again in Heaven

I'll Hold You Again in Heaven 2 Samuel 12:15-23 Of all deaths, that of a child is most unnatural and hardest to bear. We expect the old to die. While that kind of separation is always difficult, it comes as no surprise. But the death of a young child or a yout

Good Grief

Good Grief Isaiah 43:1-5; Revelation 7:16-17; John 11:28-36 I'll never forget the night my grandfather died. He'd become so ill, they had to take him to a nursing home. They actually didn't have to, I found out much later. They'd taken him to the hospital,