When Tragedy Strikes by Charles Stanley

“We all know that the heartache stemming from any type of tragedy is very real, and no matter how small or localized the circumstance, it affects deeply all of those who are involved. So, we dare not make light of any situation that leaves people in grief.”

I remember that when I was a couple of months into my cancer diagnosis, I was asked, “Have you mourn?”

It was a profound question. At first, I did not understand. What do I mourn? What have I lost? Battered with chemotherapy, I told myself that I do not have time to mourn.

But in hindsight, I was in grief.

I remember the sorrow, the regret, and the anger. I remember the moments of self-pity and self-condemnation, of sadness and longing.

But my personal tragedy became God’s triumph.

He is truly the perfect refuge. Beyond the promise of healing, He provides divine comfort.

The sorrow turned into joy. The regret turned into gratitude. And the anger turned into perspective.

Be gracious to me, God, be gracious to me, for my soul takes refuge in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge until destruction passes by. Psalm 57:1

“Here is His promise: When our hearts are so empty and our pain so intense, our hurt so deep, and our grief so overwhelming, we are to come to the Father in the shadow of His wings and find a refuge “until destruction passes by.””

“In the midst of your tragic moments, God can do the same for you – bring good from evil, love instead of hate, a commitment to care for others as never before and a determination not to let the pain of the moment, however long it may be, stop you from becoming a more compassionate, caring human being.”