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When Words Fail

Dan Roth September 18, 2017

“I ran into a couple that lost their baby. The husband was broken. We cried together and then prayed and talked. I was a mess.”

These few messy sentences summarize so much pain and emotion. I didn’t have any words of wisdom for this couple that lost their child. Words failed me. I had tears, prayers, and eventually some encouragement. I don’t think an immediate response of anything other than that would have even been appropriate.

Many people are just like this couple. Tragedy has hit and there are no words to comfort or settle them. We see it every day. Pain and trials are the norms.

Recently in our nation, we have seen loss and tragedy on many levels. In our social and political structures, we are divided. Racially, we are heading down the wrong path. In the natural realm, disaster has struck and devastated lives. With our national relationships abroad, the word ‘tense’ seems to understate the current norm.


People are looking for answers.


All these things impact people personally. Even without the things that have happened in our nation we see people living amidst personal trials. While the Christian life is not easy, I can’t imagine doing life any other way. How do people make it without God?

The only hope we have in the midst of tragedy is that God is good. Some scoff and some don’t believe in the goodness of God. I can’t see any other option. Without it, I am without hope. God’s goodness is the only thing that assures me that the suffering and pain we endure in this life will be worth it all in the end.

God is near to the brokenhearted and collects our tears as His treasures. That in itself is mind-blowing. But when you think of a God who cries with us, Who listens to our prayers and Who speaks words of comfort and wisdom to us there can be no other conclusion than that God is good. He loves us and Love never fails. His words are eternal and when words fail us, His word still stands strong.

If you’re experiencing pain or tragedy know that God is with you in your pain. He loves you and hasn’t left. Your emotions are normal and it’s okay to experience anger, confusion, sadness and to have questions but when you settle into the reality that God is good, it will help you to go through the trials and the pain.

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