Cracked Armor

I want to be a warrior in the army of the Lord. I signed up for overseas missions to slay demons, defeat damnation, and conquer the nations of the world under the name of Jesus Christ.

Though, when tragedy upon catastrophe began to pile on top of our family I found myself fitted fully in the armor of God clutching my wife and crying. I wondered how the Father could use a broken, battered soldier to claim victory for His son under what seemed to be insurmountable circumstances.

How can I deal with loss of family, friends, familiarity, stature, responsibilities, independence, intellectualism, and idealism, while at the same time trying to lead my family through cancelled planes, broken luggage, robbery, and a trip to the emergency room for our one-year-old?

God gently drew my eyes away from the crashing waves and back to the commencement of the Sermon on the Mount. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” So, instead of denying the pain we have been mourning these losses.

We have found something amazing has happened. God has used the fertilizer of our lives to bring forth saplings of healing. We now are able to rejoice in our loss knowing that He says “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness,” 2 Cor 12:9.

-L.L., Beirut Lebanon

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