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Trust in the Lord                                  October 31, 2013

Dear friends,

It was one year ago that Hurricane Sandy swept through the northeast and literally
turned our world upside down. Homes and business were destroyed and thousands
were displaced in the aftermath of the storm. I will never forget the first images I
saw of the New Jersey Coast.

Then pictures started cropping up on Facebook of the devastation a little closer to
home.  Those first images of what was left of Misquamicut Beach were
unbelievable. I wanted to cry. This kind of thing isn't supposed to happen. Yet it
happens more often than we care to admit.

It is like the call I got last Monday night. My friend called to tell me that his 32
year old son had died in a freak accident. It was unreal. He wasn't sick. He wasn't
doing anything wrong. It just happened.

It is these kind of events that cause us to wonder if there is a God. We ask
ourselves, "Does God really care?" These sudden losses test our faith. They
challenge our beliefs.

In the book of Job we meet a man who lost everything. In the blink of an eye his
wealth, his property and even his family were lost. Then he suddenly became very
sick and his body was covered with sores. We read along as Job tries to make
sense of it all.

The truth is that there is nothing to say. We live in a fallen world. Bad things
happen to good people. In the end God tells Job to simply trust him. He reminds
Job that he is the Creator God and that he holds us all in his hands... in the good
times and the bad.

That is good news. God is good. There is more to life than what we see. So if you
are struggling right now, I want to encourage you to hold on and trust God.

Hear the words of Psalm 146; "Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God. He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea,
and everything in them— he remains faithful forever."

When trials come, and they will, may you find strength to meet them in the Lord.
He will be there for you.

God bless. See you in Church. Cal