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Reading for Day 52
There was a man who was unable to cope with his grief and with a large frown stood to his feet and shouted in front of the grieving congregation, 'Then where was your God when this disaster happened?'
46) At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
46) And about the ninth hour (three o'clock) Jesus cried with a loud voice, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?--that is, My God, My God, why have You abandoned Me [leaving Me helpless, forsaking and failing Me in My need]?
On 27th April 2010 at 6-48 am I heard Pastor Chuck Swindoll on Premier Christian Radio citing this moving story. He stated that a pastor was preaching at a church service for the people who had died in the mid air collision over the Grand Canyon, near the Pacific, some years ago.
Obviously this made all the newspaper headlines. A number of people were killed in this tragic accident. A young minister who was living locally was invited to take the memorial service. He knew virtually no-one who had been killed but he decided to make himself available as a witness on behalf of the Lord. As he stood he began to assure the sorrowful crowd that God was present, that God was near and God cares. There was a man who was unable to cope with his grief and with a large frown stood to his feet and shouted ‘Then where was God when this happened?'. This young maturing minister had never faced such an event or incident ever before. He knew that he had to be sensitive to that precious situation. He had to muster great wisdom to handle this delicate moment.
He paused, thought deeply and asked whether everyone had heard the question that had been posed: 'Where was God when this happened?' He said, 'The only answer I have is that God was in the same place He was when men took His Son, Jesus, and crucified Him on the cross'.
I need to mention here what Philip Yancey preached two weeks after 33 people (28 students and 5 faculty members) sadly died on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, United States on 16th April 2007.
‘What we do know, with full confidence, is how God feels. We know how God looks on the campus of Virginia Tech right now because God gave us a face, a face that was streaked with tears. Where misery is, there is the Messiah.’
Philip Yancey goes on to state a story that a man asked him once about a book he wrote called, ‘Where Is God When It Hurts?’ "Well, I don't have much time to read. Can you just answer that question for me in a sentence or two?" He thought for a second and said, "I guess I'd have to answer that with another question: 'Where is the church when it hurts?'
What a church did, read below.
Philip then mentions the powerful true story that even the broad sheet papers in the United Kingdom reported. Referencing the Amish county near the site of the Nickel Mines school shootings, October 2nd 2006. The media came to report on the horrible incident that took place. For it was a heinous crime of an extreme proportion. For the State Police Commissioner reported that the brutal murderer had intended to victimise the child hostages prior to executing them. They had to change their headlines when they were overwhelmed and captured by the amazing love shown by the Amish people. The Amish were not asking, 'Where is God when it hurts?' They knew where God was. With their long history of persecution, the Amish were not buffeted by an outbreak of evil. They rallied together, embraced the killer's family, ministered to each other, and healed wounds by relying on a sense of community strengthened over centuries. The hardened reporters were softened by the emotional and Christian strength of character of the Amish people. Glory be to God.
34)"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
35)By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
I decided to attend a very large Charismatic conference. I was ministered to by the Praise and worship, but something nightmarish happened to me after I left the meeting .
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It was such a comfort to view and read the total involvement of the Churches in Cumbria regarding the tragedy. Many of the Pastors who were involved in the memorial services and prayer vigils made headline news in the mass media. We heard that at Carlisle Cathedral, St Michael’s Chapel, had been set aside for prayer and contemplation . Canon Michael Manley led prayers and lit 13 candles, Another Vicar, The Rev Richard Lee, spoke of the tranquillity of the village: "Suddenly, it all stopped." The Rev Jonathan Falkner, minister at the local Gosforth church offered prayers for the deceased.
The Revd Rachel Poolman, president of the United Reformed Church and
president of Churches Together in Cumbria, urged Christians everywhere to pray
for all those affected in any way by the shootings.The Anglican, Catholic,
Methodist, United Reformed, and Baptist church leaders offered prayers for the
“close-knit and hugely supportive” communities of West Cumbria.
The photograph below was taken in the year 1973.I believe it's a barge that I am standing next to. The sad feature here is that I visited the Lake District near Whitehaven during the peak of winter. Hence I am wearing my first winter coat purchased at the Portebola Market, London. Suffice to say I still enjoyed my memorable stay in Cumbria. I believe this barge was on Lake Windermere.
The counter below was introduced for the first time on 8th January 2014.Sadly the firm who installed my previous beautiful counter many years ago,and filled it with exciting statistics,suddenly went out of business.As a result we lost all our treasured statistics.
We like national flags portraying on our website so we are re-introducing the flag counter freshly again through another firm.It is so exciting to see visitors coming from the far corners of the earth!