041715 Gina Update

Yesterday was nothing short of a tragedy for two of my closest friends who experienced a sudden and unexpected death in the loss of not one but two dear friends- a father and his 18 year old daughter. We praise God that both knew Jesus intimately and we grieve for the loss that his dear wife, remaining children, and ministry are now experiencing. I praise God for the words below that have brought peace and comfort during this difficult time of trial. To God be all the glory, even when we can’t begin to comprehend these circumstances. Still, we know he is a good God, a loving God, who never leaves us. I praise God for that understanding and what it means deep in my soul.

There is strength within the sorrow
There is beauty in our tears
And You meet us in our mourning
With a love that casts out fear
You are working in our waiting
You’re sanctifying us
When beyond our understanding
You’re teaching us to trust

Your plans are still to prosper
You have not forgotten us
You’re with us in the fire and the flood
You’re faithful forever
Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us

You are wisdom unimagined
Who could understand Your ways
Reigning high above the Heavens
Reaching down in endless grace
You’re the lifter of the lowly
Compassionate and kind
You surround and You uphold me
And Your promises are my delight

Your plans are still to prosper
You have not forgotten us
You’re with us in the fire and the flood
You’re faithful forever
Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us

Even what the enemy means for evil
You turn it for our good
You turn it for our good and for Your glory
Even in the valley, You are faithful
You’re working for our good
You’re working for our good and for Your glory

Your plans are still to prosper
You have not forgotten us
You’re with us in the fire and the flood
You’re faithful forever
Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us

[Words by Michael W. Smith, music by Aaron Keyes]

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