Our Response in Tragedy

- Sermons - Esther

Preached at the Sunday Morning service on May 2, 2010 by Pastor Ray Bertolet.
Part of the Esther series.

State mine office spokeswoman Jama Jarrett says the 28-year-old miner was crushed between a piece of heavy equipment and a block of coal late Thursday night. Jarrett says the man died late Friday morning in surgery. Jarrett says state investigators are at International Coal Group's Beckley mining complex in Raleigh County. An ICG spokesman did not immediately reply to a call seeking comment. The accident comes less than a month after 29 West Virginia miners died in the nation's worst coal mining disaster in 40 years.

Comment: I know what these families are going thru. Our son was killed in October, 2001 at the age of 31. He was a good man, and he worked hard for his wife and 9 month old daughter. She is so much like her Dad, in looks and actions. It is the worse time in a parent's life, when someone comes from the mines, and says "There has been an accident" you don't need to hear anything else you know what has happened. It will be 9 years in October, but it still seems like it was yesterday. I pray that all these families will turn to God for comfort during this time. May God Bless All of You.

How can we face tragedy? How can we face the hard news when we learn that something has gone wrong? What response is triggered when we hear this kind of news.

Mordecai has learned some tragic news. King Ahasuerus has given permission for the destruction of the Jews.

Tags: bad news, comfort, esther, possible, tragedy

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2 Responses to Sermons

  1. Sandra Workman says:

    Pastor Ray – Harry and I just listened to your message. Again, very soul searching and thought provoking. I think of the Scripture passage that says “Examine yourself and see if your in the faith”. This is a daily walk – keep on being filled with the Spirit – confessing sin and renewing right fellowship with the Lord. Good exhortation! Blessings, H&S

  2. Donna Coverdale says:

    God wants us to Himself, with no idols before Him. This message helps us to realize how easy it is to become distracted from the things of the Lord in our daily lives.

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