Not Alone

Read Daniel 3; 13-30 The story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

We are praying, too, that you will be filled with his mighty, glorious strength so that you can keep going no matter what happens - always filled with the joy of the Lord, and always thankful to the Father who has made us fit to share all the wonderful things that belong to those who live in the Kingdom of light Colossians 1: 11-12 (TLB)

Donnell King lives in Tennessee. After a night at the children's hospital with their daughter, Donnell did not welcome the telephone ringing at 7:00 a.m. Donnell saw that the call was from his oldest son, Barry, who had been in another hospital for a few days with the flu. Irritated by the early hour, Donnell answered the phone sleepily - but it wasn't Barry on the phone. It was a nurse calling to tell Donnell that Barry had died.

Barry was a diabetic and in renal failure, but he had recently made great strides in taking care of himself. Set to

graduate from college after working at it for 17 years, his sudden death seemed particularly cruel in light of his recent progress. Grief compounded by concern for their daughter threatened to overcome Donnell.

Their pastor pointed out in a sermon that though God didn't take Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego out of the fire, God did protect them. Donnell finally understood that God does not promise freedom from difficulties. In fact, Jesus specifically said that his followers would have distress (see John 16:33). But God promises to be with us through whatever we face.

Whenever grief wells up, Donnell draws strength from knowing that God is here with him and will work things together for good (see Rom. 8:28).

Prayer: Loving father, thank you for your presence with us in our challenges. Help us draw strength from you, in Jesus' name, amen.

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