Faith Through the Fire: One Familys Discovery of Faith Through Enormous Tragedy

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It has the power to heal and strengthen not only the body, but also the spirit. The next time you find yourself in the middle of a bad day, hold tight to your faith and you will be able to conquer any challenge that pops up. In cases of aggravated loss, where freak accidents or violence has taken a loved one, recovery may require from 3 to 5 years. And, in such cases life will never be the same again … but it can be good again.

One way the person facilitates his recovery is through mentally processing the crisis by retelling his story. This may become tiresome to family members and others who are close to the person. What is the likelihood that you will not mention this to your friend once you have arrived at his home? Some crazy idiot pulled out in front of me. I just barely missed him. During the months that follow he will compose a story about the crisis that leaves him a bitter person or a better person.

After all, none of us lives with the facts of our lives. We live with the story we tell ourselves about the facts of our lives. We see this in the vastly different ways children raised in the same family recall their history. We cannot change the facts of our lives.

Mercifully we can edit the story we tell ourselves about the facts of our lives.

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For believers we call these stories we tell ourselves about the tragedies of life theodicies. A theodicy is a theological explanation of life events.

Over a period of time by talking to God and ourselves we arrive at a version of this story that we choose to live with. The role of the pastor or Christian counselor during this period of recovery is critical. Our task is to assist the person seeking our help understand that the way he has chosen to talk to himself about these painful chapters is not the only version of the facts. And, he can tell a different story to himself about these facts if he will. The devil has a variety of destructive ways he wants to impose on these tragic facts.

The Lord has a variety of creative ways He wants a person to view his tragedies. This spiritual battle rages in the mind of the believer. The goal of the pastor or Christian counselor is to help the believer choose one of the creative ways God has for him to put the facts of his tragedy together. This is nowhere more clearly demonstrated than in the life of Joseph. Notice, Joseph did not forget the fact his brothers sold him to Egypt.

However, mentally and spiritually he had won the battle for a healthy way of putting this part of his history together This version of the facts allowed him to be at peace with himself and be reconciled to his brothers.

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There is no way I can change those facts. After all, my birth had killed her. However, one day at her grave I noticed she was only 19 when she died. I said to myself, This is too young for anyone to die. How valuable your life must be. Be sure you make it count for something. No longer do I think of myself as murdering my mother. I see her death as adding value to my life. This stage of recovery reveals the way we have finally internalized the crisis. During the weeks and months of battling our way from shock through storm and search ,we settle on a version of the story with which we choose to live.

The way we mentally choose to manage the tragedies of life is evident by our presence.

It is registered on our countenance. The people who live with us can tell whether we have settled on a redemptive way of living with the tragedies of life or a destructive way. They can tell whether we have found healing and peace for the hurts of our past or are still chafing under the pain. Remind those seeking your help that there is no life without pain. We enter this world through a painful experience. And, between our birth and our death each of us is tried in the crucible of life.

Dobbins Institute of Ministry in Naples, Florida, which he founded in He said the inspiration for the story came from several different places including the small unique Texas towns that surrounded his home, an episode of the Twilight Zone, and the experiences of a friend of his who had lost his dad and was struggling with his faith.

The brothers decided to base the story loosely on their aunt who served for ten years as a missionary with her family in India. On the day that she and her family were leaving India, her husband was killed. We took that and thought wow, what if she had lost her faith? She responds to the tragedy with anger and resentment. She no longer believes in God, the Bible, or prayer. At one point she explains that the first night she was able to sleep after the tragedy was the night she stopped praying.

She went to the Sudan, and she was a very big believer. Then these things happened to her family, and she thought if there were a God how could that happen? Her story reminded me of missionary Gracia Burnham whose husband was also tragically killed. She and her husband were vacationing in the Philippines to celebrate their anniversary when they were kidnapped by a terrorist group. They were held hostage for months in the rugged Philipine jungles.

Then during a rescue attempt by the Philippine military, her husband was caught in the crossfire and killed. If anyone had a reason to be angry with God, it would be her. But rather than growing bitter or being angry with God, Gracia held tightly to her faith. She even went on to forgive her captors.

Why does God allow tragedies in the lives of His children? But Scripture does speak about tragedy and suffering. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.