8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NKJV)
By Bro. John L. Cash
I had chosen a longer, more humorous story to tell you this week. But, unfortunately, that all changed with a phone call yesterday. We got the sad news that one of my deacons has been killed in an automobile accident. He leaves behind a lovely wife, three teenage children, and a family and congregation that adores him.
If you’re a regular reader, you know I’ve written extensively about the “why” of tragedy. (Click here to read my previous column on why bad things happen to good people.) But, even with all that, we still can never fully understand. That fullness of understanding will have to wait until the Last Day, when we finally see our Saviour. He will explain it all to us then.
In our shock and grief, the question that everyone is asking is, “How will we be able to go on?” Even though I don’t comprehend the “why,” I am firmly convinced of the “how.” It’s all summed up in today’s Scripture lesson (at the top). I think it helps to divide up the verse, and read it like this:
to make all grace abound toward you,
in all things,
may have an abundance
for every good work.
Let’s look to the Saviour for help this week. We thank you for your prayers.
Dr. John L. Cash is the “Country Preacher Dad.” He was raised in Stuttgart, Arkansas, and has spent the last 32 years being a country preacher in the piney woods five miles south of the little town of Hickory, Mississippi. He recently retired after 28 years as a Mississippi public schoolteacher, and is now a stay-at-home-grandpa with his new grandson, Landon Cash. He and his lovely wife, Susan, have just moved into a pretty brick house in town (where the weather has been a little cooler.) Their kids include Spencer (age 26), his wife Madeline (age 26), and Seth (age 23), and his wife Leanne (age 22). You can send him a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.