Making Tragedy Count

Making Tragedy Count

I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.  Philippians 4:12,13

Lately it seems there is some kind of tragedy every other day. You have a friend in financial crisis or a loved one going through a relational hurricane, cancer, car wrecks, addictions. . . Years ago I read John Milton’s Paradise Lost, but recently I found out that he was blind when he wrote it through dictation. My parents who are both pretty hard of hearing (WHAT) do not complain about not hearing to much but will often say how they fear going blind.  Well I guess it did not stop Milton. I get to help out in, celebrate recovery, a group at church and I get a first hand picture of seeing God’s grace through tragedy. The truth about tragedy is it’s both self inflicted and not, either way God wants to give you grace to get through it and increase your faith through it and make that tragedy count.

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know they are good for us they help us learn to endure. And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation.  Romans 5:3,4 

Ken Johns

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