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HOW TO TRIUMPH IN TRAGEDY
By: M. Lucado
do you say we have a chat about graveclothes? Sound like fun? Sound like a
cheery topic? Hardly. Make a list of depressing subjects, and burial garments
is somewhere between IRS audits and long-term dental care.
one likes graveclothes. No one discusses graveclothes. Have you ever spiced up
dinner-table chat with the question, “What are you planning to wear in your
casket?” Most folks don’t discuss graveclothes.
apostle John, however, was an exception. Ask him, and he’ll tell you how he
came to see burial garments as a symbol of triumph. He didn’t always see them
that way. A tangible reminder of the death of his best friend, Jesus, they used
to seem like a symbol of tragedy. But on the first Easter Sunday, God took
clothing of death and made it a symbol of life.
he do the same for you?
he take what today is a token of tragedy and turn it into a symbol of triumph?
all face tragedy. What’s more, we’ve all received the symbols of tragedy. Yours
might be a telegram from the war department, an ID bracelet from the hospital,
a scar, or a court subpoena. We don’t like these symbols, nor do we want these
symbols. Like wrecked cars in a junkyard, they clutter up our hearts with
memories of bad days.
could God use such things for something good? How far can we go with verses
like Romans 8:28 that says, “In everything God works for the good of those who
love him”? Does “everything” include tumors and tests and tempers and
terminations? John would answer yes. John would tell you that God can turn any tragedy into a
triumph, if only you will wait and watch.
I challenge you with a little exercise? Remove the word everything from Romans
8:28 and replace it with the symbol of your own tragedy. For the apostle John,
the verse would read: “In burial
clothing God works for the good of those who love him.” How would
Romans 8:28 read in your life?
hospital stays God
works for the good. In divorce papers
God works for the good. In a prison term
God works for the good.
God can change John’s life through a tragedy, could it be he will use a tragedy
to change yours?
By: D. Delay Our family enjoys the fun andrefreshment of water slides and lazy rivers during hot summer vacations. At
most water parks, there are also one or two spots where large buckets hang overhead
filling little by little with water. The closer the bucket gets to being full,
the larger the crowd grows beneath in anticipation—children and adults alike
wait for the outpouring. Then SUDDENLY the bucket tips and a great flood of
refreshment crashes down on all below! In the Book of Revelation, the Bible
describes golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints
(Revelation 5:8). In other words, the prayers of God's people collectively fill
heavenly bowls with sweet aroma, much like the burnt offerings did in days of
old. In Revelation 8,
we discover what these bowls are used for: "Then another angel, having a
golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he
should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden alter w…