The Lord giveth, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. Job 1:21
The hardest thing Christians have to face is living in these two realities. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. I find myself as a minister, a husband, a father constantly living in both worlds.
The Lord giveth:
John Fielding, our one month old son, is an incredible gift from God. I know many often wonder how Lisa and I manage with six children. There are times (like now) when we're tired, but so much of our life is filled with blessings. I feel like a wealthy man with our children, they bring so much joy into our home. The Lord Giveth.
The Lord hath taken away:
This has been one of the hardest weeks I've experienced in ministry. A new family who just moved to Bluffton and is attending our church had an unspeakable tragedy.
Their eight your old son Gavin drowned in their backyard pool. With all of my theology and all my experience in ministry it seems incredibly unfair. There are no words that can describe the anguish they are feeling, sorrow too deep for tears.
And yet we possess a faith that looks through death, and a hope and promise from Jesus, "I'm making all things new." Revelation 21:5
One day God is going to fix everything that has ever been broken, even death itself.
"We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen." from the Nicene Creed