Word from the Pastor

... 1873.  Four weeks before he had lost thousands of dollars in investments and property in the Great Chicago Fire.  But that was not the worst of it.  Within days of the Thanksgiving holiday, Horatio had received news that all four of his daughters had drowned when the ship they were on sailing to Europe had sunk.  Miraculously, his wife, Anne, had survived.  In the midst of his great sorrow he also had great joy, knowing his loving wife had been spared.  This godly man had reason to be thankful even in the depths of despair.

   The story goes on.  As soon as he was able, Horatio got on a ship and sailed to Europe to meet with his wife so they could comfort each other.  When the ship passed over the place where his daughters drowned, he prayed then took a legal pad and proceeded to write the words to a hymn most of us know

 "It is well with my soul."

"When peace like a river attendeth my way

When sorrows like sea billows roll

Whatever my lot Thou have taught me to say

It is well it is well with my soul."

The holidays can be hard to navigate for those who have lost a loved one.  You may feel like your life is shipwrecked.  Jesus says this to you; I know and I care."  Lamentations 3:22-26 says, 

"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  The Lord is my portion, says my soul.  Therefore I will hope in Him.  The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.  It is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.  It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord." 

May it be well with your soul.   

Pastor TJ Kroll