These past two weeks have been some of my hardest days in my many years of ministry, but my sadness and lack of understanding does not compare to the families that were impacted by the tragic accident that took the lives of three young adults and critically injured one. These are the times that try our faith the most. These are the times when there seems to be no answers for questions that cut to… our core. And yet, these are the times that as Christians we must hold fast to our faith. We ask ourselves and others, “Why has this happened?” Yet it is obvious that no one can give a satisfactory answer, because no one knows. When death comes it shatters our plans and it causes us pain. But whatever you are feeling today let me encourage you to take it to God. God is big enough to handle your pain and even your anger. The only things that God can’t help you with are those things that you refuse to take to him. And where do we find the words to share with these hurting so much? Faced with a sudden loss we often don’t know which way to turn. We don’t know what to think. We don’t know what to feel. We don’t know what to say. We simply don’t know how to respond. However, through His Word God has given us some direction for dealing with challenging situations and happenings including times when we are faced with a difficult death. Remember that there are times when words are not necessary – just your presence and love. We have no record of Jesus performing a funeral. But several times at the loss of others, Jesus was deeply moved. When Jesus came to the grave he could have said something extremely profound. But He did not – no sermon, no powerful observations. Instead, the Bible only tells us what Jesus DID. “He wept.” May your presence and tears serve to bring comfort to those you love in times like this.